Locking Up Our Own

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James Forman Jr., a former Washington, D.C., public defender, Yale University professor, and author of the Pulitzer Prize winner and The New Yorks Times’ best-seller 'Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America,' joins Michele and Igor to discuss one of the unexpected enablers of mass incarceration: black residents in cities across America who overwhelmingly supported tough-on-crime policies throughout the 1960s and 1970s, resulting in disproportionate numbers of black men being put in prison. Forman points fingers at every level of the criminal justice system, as well as President Barack Obama, for failing to address the problem of mass incarceration. Like the show? Follow us on Twitter @thinkingcappod. Get in touch with us at thinkingcap@americanprogress.org & find other episodes at www.americanprogress.org/projects/thinking-cap-podcast

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