Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment

Edited and with an introduction by Angela J. Davis
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A comprehensive analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, this thought-provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation’s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars. Contributing authors include Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative, NYU Law professor, and author of the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Jeremy Travis, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice; and many others. Policing the Black Man explores and critiques the many ways the criminal justice system impacts the lives of African American boys and men at every stage of the criminal process from arrest through sentencing. Essays range from an explication of the historical roots of racism in the criminal justice system to an examination of modern-day police killings of unarmed black men. The coauthors discuss and explain racial profiling, the power and discretion of police and prosecutors, the role of implicit bias, the racial impact of police and prosecutorial decisions, the disproportionate imprisonment of black men, the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, and the Supreme Court’s failure to provide meaningful remedies for the injustices in the criminal justice system. Policing the Black Man is an enlightening listen for anyone interested in the critical issues of race and justice in America.

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Summary

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A comprehensive analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, this thought-provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation’s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars.

Contributing authors include Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative, NYU Law professor, and author of the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Jeremy Travis, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice; and many others.

Policing the Black Man explores and critiques the many ways the criminal justice system impacts the lives of African American boys and men at every stage of the criminal process from arrest through sentencing. Essays range from an explication of the historical roots of racism in the criminal justice system to an examination of modern-day police killings of unarmed black men.

The coauthors discuss and explain racial profiling, the power and discretion of police and prosecutors, the role of implicit bias, the racial impact of police and prosecutorial decisions, the disproportionate imprisonment of black men, the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, and the Supreme Court’s failure to provide meaningful remedies for the injustices in the criminal justice system.

Policing the Black Man is an enlightening listen for anyone interested in the critical issues of race and justice in America.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Somewhere among the anger, mourning, and malice that Policing the Black Man documents lies the pursuit of justice. This powerful book demands our fierce attention.” Toni Morrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A social-political mitzvah…These writers deconstruct the monolith of racism and the conscious and unconscious deadly intent of the powers that be.” Walter Mosley, New York Times bestselling author
“The essays collected here…effectively demonstrate how the painful history of racial injustice in America informs a black male’s encounter with virtually every aspect of our system of justice, from arrest, through prosecution and sentencing, to incarceration. This book is essential reading for all of us who love the concept of justice in America and seek for its practical applications to live up to its theoretical ideals.” Henry Louis Gates Jr., New York Times bestselling editor
“[An] eye-opening assemblage of essays on racism in the American criminal justice system…Relentlessly informative and disturbing.” Publishers Weekly
“For general readers, students, and experts alike, these essays provide much-needed data, analysis, and insights into the disparities throughout US society and its criminal justice system.” Library Journal
“Lucid perspectives on how and why the United States’ criminal justice system often victimizes black males…An absorbing anthology, scholarly yet approachable.” Kirkus Reviews
“From the Black Codes to capital punishment, specific policies and propaganda have licensed serially violent overreactions to the mere sight and shape of black boys and men. Yet this volume contains hope…The essays in this collection just might lead to the kind of understanding so necessary for the health and safety of all citizens, for trust in the institutions of law enforcement, and for the rehabilitation of justice itself.” Patricia Williams, MacArthur fellow and John L. Dohr Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

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Author

Author Bio: Angela J. Davis

Angela J. Davis, a graduate of Harvard Law School, is Professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law and author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 10.20
Audience: Adult
Language: English