Take Note: James Forman Jr. On African Americans' Role In Mass Incarceration

Feb 9, 2018

James Forman Jr., a law professor at Yale, talks about his book, “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.”
Credit Harold Shapiro

“Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America” is a book that looks at how African American leaders–with the best intentions–made choices that eventually helped create mass incarceration.

James Forman Jr., a law professor at Yale University, is the author of the book. After getting his law degree, he worked as a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. For six years he was a public defender in Washington D.C., where he became frustrated with the lack of education for juveniles. WPSU's Min Xian talked to him about writing about people he disagreed with and making changes in communites.

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