Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

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May 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

5:00 – 7:00 pm – Discussion
Paul Brest Hall, Stanford University
555 Salvatierra Walk
Stanford, CA 94305

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Join us for an evening to discuss the themes raised in Yale legal scholar and former public defender James Forman Jr.’s new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. Professor Forman is visiting at Stanford Law School this academic year.

Drawing on his experience as a public defender and focusing on Washington, DC, Forman writes about individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas – from the young men and women he defended to officials struggling to cope with an impossible situation. The result is an original view of our justice system that includes a discussion of the role African-American leaders played in the legal changes that led to higher incarceration rates and a call to move beyond the non-violent drug offender statistical myth.

The evening will include an engaged and robust debate on the role the black community played in escalating the war on crime, and a discussion of recent efforts to address mass incarceration and reform aggressive police tactics.

Click here to order James Forman Jr.’s new book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. Books will also be available for purchase on site.

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Ralph Richard Banks

Professor, Stanford Law School

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Ronald Davis

Former Police Chief, East Palo Alto; Former Director, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), U.S. Department of Justice (COPS Office)

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James Forman Jr.

Professor, Yale Law School

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Elizabeth Hinton

Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies, Harvard University

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Donna Murch

Associate Professor of History, Rutgers

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May 9, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Stanford Criminal Justice Center (SCJC)

Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity


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Paul Brest Hall
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This event is open to the public.


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555 Salvatierra Walk
Stanford, CA 94305 United States
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