John Pfaff, Locked In. 2017

Summary: While some point to the War on Drugs as the main cause of mass incarceration,  this books identifies increasing prosecutions and convictions, particularly at the local level, as driving force. 

Paul Butler, Chokehold. 2017

Summary: This book details the construction of black criminality from within as well as from outside black communities.  This book also discusses how to overcome the excessive criminalization of black men.  

Angela J. David (ed.), Policing the Black Men. 2017

Summary: This is a collection of essays on all the pressing issues raised by the Black Lives Matter Movement, regarding racial profiling, arrests, prosecutorial decisions, convictions, incarceration, poverty and criminality. 

Franklin E. Zimring, When Police Kill. 2017

Summary: How many killings by police occur annually? What circumstances provoke police to shoot to kill? Who dies? This is an analysis of the use of lethal force by police in the United States and how its death toll can be reduced.

James Forman Jr.,  Locking Up Our Own. 2017

NY Times April 2017 ‘Locking Up Our Own,’ What Led to Mass Incarceration of Black Men

NPR April 2017 ‘Locking Up Our Own’ Details The Mass Incarceration Of Black Men

Heather Mac Donald, The War on Cops. 2016

Reason September 2016 There Is No War on Cops

Newsweek July 2016 The War of Cops: Flawed Logic and Fantasy

Colin Flaherty, Don’t Make the Black Kids Angry. 2015

Michael Tonry, Punishing Race: A Continuing American Dilemma. 2012

Summary: Blacks are much more likely than whites to be stopped by the police, arrested, prosecuted, convicted, and imprisoned. These disparities, Tonry argues, do not stem from differences in crime or drug use but primarily from drug and crime control policies that disproportionately affect black Americans. 

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow. 2010

SummaryThis is an account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.

Angela Davis, Arbitrary Justice. 2007

Peter Moskos, Cop in the Hood. 2008

Summary: Sociologist Peter Moskos left the classroom to become a cop in Baltimore’s Eastern District. Through Moskos’s eyes, we see police academy graduates unprepared for the realities of the street, success measured by number of arrests, and the ultimate failure of the war on drugs. 

Randall Kennedy, Race, Crime, and the Law. 1998

Summary: Harvard Law professor Kennedy argues that liberals and conservatives have more common ground on race and law than it seems at first, and that blacks have suffered more from being underprotected by law enforcement than from being mistreated as suspects or defendants.

Mary Berry, Black Resistance/White Law. 1997 

Summary: the book presents an account of the policies and theories of repression spanning from the introduction of slavery in 1619 to the suppression of the abolitionist movement, violence under Reconstruction and 20th-century lynchings.

William Wilbanks, The Myth of a Racist Criminal Justice System. 1987

Summary: An evidence-based examination of the claim that the criminal justice system is racist. The book considers different decision points, such as arrest; prosecution; plea; conviction; sentencing; parole. The book argues that the evidence does not warrant the clam that the criminal justice system is racist. 












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