Philanthropy Northwest presents
James Forman Jr.
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
How did the United States come to lock up more of its citizens than any other nation on earth? What can we do to change that?
Professor James Forman has written many law review articles, in addition to op-eds and essays for the New York Times, the Atlantic, the New Republic, the Nation and the Washington Post. His first book is the critically acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America (2017), which explores how decisions made by black leaders, often with the best of intentions, contributed to disproportionately incarcerating black and brown people. Locking Up Our Own is a book so compelling that it was named one of the New York Times’ Top 10 books of 2017, was longlisted for the National Book Award and became an instant Washington Post bestseller. In his memorable keynote, Forman shares his life journey as a child of a civil rights leader, a public defender, a founder of a charter school for incarcerated teens and a law professor. He outlines America’s criminal justice crisis with both data and human stories. He leaves the audience inspired and armed with concrete ideas for how they themselves can contribute to change.