James Forman Jr.: Locking Up Our Own

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Mass incarceration controls poor people and populations that have been excluded from the labor market. Politically, tough-on-crime rhetoric has for decades been a tool for politicians to appeal to white voters’ racism. But what’s less discussed is the complicated history of criminal justice politics within black communities and amongst black politicians. Yale Law professor James Forman talks about his new book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. Thanks to sponsors at thenation.com and https://www.versobooks.com.

Topics: Criminal Justice Racism Prison Reform Black Politics
Guests: James Forman Jr.