Salisbury Forum: James Forman - "Locking Up Our Own" @ Hotchkiss

Event date: 
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Hotchkiss School, Walker Auditorium
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039

James Forman, Jr., is Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and author of Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction.  

James Forman Jr.

In addition to winning the Pulitzer LOCKING UP OUR OWN was also Long-listed for the National Book Award; Finalist, Current Interest Category, Los Angeles Times Book Prizes; One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2017; Short-listed for the Inaugural Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice.

Former public defender James Forman, Jr. is a leading critic of mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on people of color. In Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand the war on crime that began in the 1970s and why it was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers.

Prof. Forman taught at Georgetown Law from 2003 to 2011, when he joined the Yale faculty.  At Yale, he teaches Constitutional Law, a seminar called Race, Class and Punishment, and a seminar called Inside Out: Issues in Criminal Justice, in which Yale law students study alongside men incarcerated in a Connecticut prison.

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