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Locking Up Our Own

Crime and Punishment in Black America

By James Forman Jr.
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Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.

Locking Up Our Own (2017) takes a look at the US war on drugs in Washington, DC, and its impact on black Americans. It draws on significant drug and gun legislation from the 1970s through to the late 1990s, which shaped policing methods and influenced the targeting of crime in black communities.

  • People who want to learn about America’s war on drugs
  • Those interested in the relationship between the police and black Americans
  • Anyone who wants to know about crime and judiciary procedures in Washington, DC, from 1970 to the 1990s

James Forman Jr. is an author, professor of law at Yale Law School and the cofounder of the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington, DC. He has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic and many law periodicals.

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