Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment
Within the past decade, there are now a host of black boys and men whose names have a public familiarity since their deaths (mostly shot by white men). These tragic few (who are recognized by name) are reminders that there are ...more
Policing the Black Manis a collection of essays detailing both the history of racism in the United States' criminal justice system and the issues we face today. These essays were written by various criminal justice experts. The essays are strongly connected to modern issues, discussing recent killings of black men by police and the Black Lives Matter movement.
The essays are laid out in a ...more
Maybe it's because I'm already pretty immersed in this area of work, but this book had very little to offer in terms of any new or interesting insights or analysis, and it suffered from a severe lack of imagination. As always in an essay collection there are highlights and lowlights but really the only highlight of this book was Bryan Stevenson's piece tracing how capital ...more
A series of article-length discussions on profiling bias, controlled plea bargaining, wrongful prosecution, police attacking and targeting, crimes against black men as unconvicted, an overall disproportionate prison population, lynching (i.e. history, there being an absence of a formal crime, victim, or criminality, but definitely the presence of an allegation), low levels of accountability, illegal ...more
Overall I rated this book four stars out of five. This was a very persuasive, informative book on the unfairness in how African Americans are treated in this country. This book was extremely well written and well researched. It brought all the facts to the forefront. And the astonishing facts you will read about in this book are difficult to ignore. My favorite ...more
It isn't the most exciting read, but it is an important one if we are to remain grounded in reality, and want to implement policies (some of which are suggested ...more
What galls me is that it all seems so freaking obvious and yet the idiot bigots are still out there spreading their lies and vile crap. Policing, prosecutors, and sentencing all need to be color blind and until we get there, all will suffer, especially the black male.
4.6 : In eleven essays, written by academics but accessible to laypersons, this book lays out the case that the U.S.’s criminal justice system is (and always has been) a system of injustice for black men. The citations are meticulous, with dozens (hundreds, in some cases) of sources listed at the end of each chapter, along with explanatory end notes. I would recommend it to anyone — except perhaps those already deeply familiar with the issues.
Since one can always find a flaw, I’ll say I thought...more
The essays are:
1. A Presumption of Guilt, by Bryan Stevenson
2. The Endurance of Racial Disparity in the Criminal ...more
I learned so much from this book. Prior to reading this, I had mostly considered ...more
Each of these essays digs into a different problem at heart in the justice system, explaining through real-life cases or ...more
There are a few excellent sections that discuss the ins-and-outs of specific parts of the justice system and how they can contribute to racial disparity. One essay focuses on prosecutors at length, for instance, and why they fail to indict officers, or how they might influence grand juries, and what can be ...more
This book works for me, a white man. I want a just country free of violent crime. But when we have policies that treat a black stoner who's hurting no one like Scarface, an armed crack ...more
I would recommend this book to every American-- especially to ...more