Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment

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Angela J. Davis
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 11, 2017 - Social Science - 352 pages
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A comprehensive, readable 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.

“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

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 contributors 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 must-read for anyone interested in the critical issues of race and justice in America. 


 

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“The political justice system polices black men at every step of the process,” asserts Davis (Arbitrary Justice), a professor of law at American University and editor of this eye-opening assemblage of ... Read full review

Contents

The Legacy of Americas
3
The Endurance of Racial Disparity in the Criminal
31
The Role of Policing in the Socialization
57
Racial Profiling The Law the Policy and the Practice
95
Black Men and the Police
135
A Model for the Twentyfirst Century
161
The Prosecution of Black Men
178
The Grand Jury and Police Violence Against Black Men
209
Roger A Fairfax
229
Do Black Lives Matter to the Courts?
255
Poverty Violence and Black Incarceration
294
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ANGELA J. DAVIS is a professor of law at the American University and a former director of the D.C. Public Defender Service. She is the author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor and the coeditor of several books on criminal law and procedure. She has also written many articles and contributed chapters to many books on prosecutorial power and racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

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