Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment

Pantheon. Jul. 2017. 352p. ed. by . illus. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781101871270. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101871287. SOC SCI
In the introduction to these new essays, Davis (law, American Univ.; Arbitrary Justice) states that the media has made the American public real-time witnesses to the country's chronic and systemic violence against black males. Davis, along with 13 other criminal justice experts, advance critical understanding to combat and correct structural racism and advocate for justice and peace. They suggest that, although the evidence is now readily available, targeted brutality is hardly new as it perpetuates what black people have endured and continue to live with following the legacy of slavery and the racialized criminal justice system. Policing propagates that legacy through policies and practices of racial profiling. Further, implicit bias from chronic presumption of guilt reaches beyond policing to disparate prosecuting of black males, as several contributors demonstrate. The essayists offer more than indictments, however. Almost all move beyond calls for reform to respond with practical suggestions for change to make black lives truly matter.
VERDICT For general readers, students, and experts alike, these essays provide much-needed data, analysis, and insights into the disparities throughout U.S. society and its criminal justice system. [See Prepub Alert, 2/13/17.]
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