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Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment

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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.

ISBN-13: 9780525436614

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Publication Date: 05-15-2018

Pages: 352

Product Dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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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Table of Contents


Angela J. Davis

A Presumption of Guilt: The Legacy of America’s History of Racial Injustice
Bryan Stevenson

The Endurance of Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System
Marc Mauer

Boys to Men: The Role of Policing in the Socialization of Black Boys
Kristin Henning

Racial Profiling: The Law, the Policy, and the Practice
Renée McDonald Hutchins

Making Implicit Bias Explicit: Black Men and the Police
Katheryn Russell- Brown

Policing: A Model for the Twenty-first Century
Tracey Meares and Tom Tyler

The Prosecution of Black Men
Angela J. Davis

The Grand Jury and Police Violence Against Black Men
Roger A. Fairfax, Jr.

Elected Prosecutors and Police Accountability
Ronald F. Wright

Do Black Lives Matter to the Courts?
Jin Hee Lee and Sherrilyn A. Ifill

Poverty, Violence, and Black Incarceration
Jeremy Travis and Bruce Western