Josh interviews James Forman Jr. the author of the Pulitzer Prize wining book “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America”
James Forman Jr. is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School. After attending Brown University and Yale Law School, he worked as a law clerk for Judge William Norris of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. After clerking, he joined the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where for six years he represented both juveniles and adults charged with crimes.
In 1997, along with David Domenici, he started the Maya Angelou Public Charter School, an alternative school for school dropouts and youth who had previously been arrested. A decade later, in 2007, Maya Angelou School expanded and agreed to run the school inside D.C.’s juvenile prison.
Forman taught at Georgetown Law from 2003 to 2011, when he joined the Yale faculty. At Yale, he teaches Constitutional Law, a seminar called Race, Class and Punishment, and a seminar called Inside Out: Issues in Criminal Justice, in which Yale law students study alongside men incarcerated in a Connecticut prison.
Professor Forman’s first book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, was on many top 10 lists, including the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2017, and was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
Notes From Episode 42: James Forman Jr.
Here is the new compassionate release guidance from the Bureau of Prisons.
Steve Bailey’s new article is about the homicide and suicide problem in South Carolina’s prisons.
The new Vera Institute and Georgetown University paper explains the many benefits of restoring Pell Grants to people in prisons.
Here is the official bio for Vincent “Vinnie” Schiraldi.
The Rand study Mr. Forman discusses has been very influential, you can find more information about the Pell Grants in prison movement above.
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