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x, 366 pages ; 25 cm
  • Part 1. The plague. A circle of grief ; A killing ; Ghettoside ; School of catastrophe ; Clearance ; The circumstantial case ; Good people and knuckleheads ; Witnesses and the shadow system ; The notification
  • Part 2. The case of Bryant Tennelle. Son of the city ; "It's my son" ; The killing of Dovon Harris ; Nothing worse ; The assignment ; "Everybody know" ; The witness ; Baby man ; Mutual combat ; Witness welfare ; Lost souls ; The victims' side ; The opening ; "We have to pray for peace" ; The missing.
On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man was shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of hundreds of young men slain in Los Angeles every year. His assailant ran down the street, jumped into an SUV, and vanished, hoping to join the vast majority of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes. But as soon as the case was assigned to Detective John Skaggs, the odds shifted. Here is the kaleidoscopic story of the quintessential American murder -- one young black man slaying another -- and a determined crew of detectives whose creed was to pursue justice at all costs for its forgotten victims. Ghettoside is a fast-paced narrative of a devastating crime, an intimate portrait of detectives and a community bonded in tragedy, and a new lens into the great subject of murder in America -- why it happens and how the plague of killings might yet be stopped.
Law Library (Crown)
321 pages ; 21 cm
  • Introduction
  • Boston : street knowledge, street sense
  • Operation ceasefire
  • Building out I
  • Baltimore : politics, resistance, obstruction
  • Across the race divide
  • High point : truthtelling and reconciliation
  • Building out II
  • Stopping it
  • Cincinnati
  • Now.
"Gang- and drug-related violence is the defining crime problem in our country, and has been for decades. The statistics are alarming and the toll incalculable, and despite countless initiatives from government, law enforcement and social service communities, little has proven effective. Still, remarkably, David Kennedy foresees what no one else could imagine: a happy ending. He has been on the front lines ever since putting together the law enforcement recipe now known as the Boston Miracle, which during the crack epidemic of the 90s cut gang and drug related violence in half. Since then, "Operation Ceasefire" has been refined and deployed--with astonishing success--in over 50 cities. With the endorsement of Attorney General Eric Holder and the National Drug Czar, Kennedy's ideas have become de facto national policy. Don't Shoot tells the story of Kennedy's long journey toward a solution. It began with listening to people on the ground, and what he heard was that there was a trust gap between law enforcement and the community. Closing that gap became the cornerstone of his approach, organizing powerful gatherings in which offenders came together with law enforcers and diverse community members and were asked to stop the violence. It's not that simple, but then again it is-the magic of the approach and of the book. Don't Shoot combines the street verite of The Wire, the social science of Gang Leader for a Day, and the moral urgency and personal journey of Fist Stick Knife Gun. But beyond that, Kennedy will show, unmistakably, that there can be real solutions"-- Provided by publisher.
Law Library (Crown)
ix, 380 p. : ill ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: The mismeasure of crime
  • Saving the nation : the racial data revolution and the negro problem
  • Writing crime into race : racial criminalization and the dawn of Jim Crow
  • Incriminating culture : the limits of racial liberalism in the progressive era
  • Preventing crime : white and black reformers in Philadelphia
  • Fighting crime : politics and prejudice in the city of brotherly love
  • Policing racism : Jim Crow justice in the urban north
  • Conclusion: The conundrum of criminality.
Lynch mobs, chain gangs, and popular views of black southern criminals that defined the Jim Crow South are well known. We know less about the role of the urban North in shaping views of race and crime in American society. Following the 1890 census, the first to measure the generation of African Americans born after slavery, crime statistics, new migration and immigration trends, and symbolic references to America as the promised land of opportunity were woven into a cautionary tale about the exceptional threat black people posed to modern urban society. Excessive arrest rates and overrepresentation in northern prisons were seen by many whites - liberals and conservatives, northerners and southerners - as indisputable proof of blacks' inferiority. In the heyday of 'separate but equal, ' what else but pathology could explain black failure in the 'land of opportunity'? The idea of black criminality was crucial to the making of modern urban America, as were African Americans' own ideas about race and crime. Chronicling the emergence of deeply embedded notions of black people as a dangerous race of criminals by explicit contrast to working-class whites and European immigrants, this fascinating book reveals the influence such ideas have had on urban development and social policies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674062115 20160604
Law Library (Crown)
xviii, 218 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Dreams deferred : the patterns of punishment in Oakland
  • The flatlands of Oakland and the youth control complex
  • The labeling hype : coming of age in the era of mass incarceration
  • The coupling of criminal justice and community institutions
  • "Dummy smart" : misrecognition, acting out, and "going dumb"
  • Proving manhood : masculinity as a rehabilitative tool
  • Guilty by association : acting white or acting lawful?
  • Conclusion: Toward a youth support complex
  • Appendix: Beyond Jungle-Book tropes.
Honorable Mention, 2014 Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Outstanding Book Award, presented by the Society for the Study of Social Problems Honorable Mention, 2013 Outstanding Book Award, presented by the Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Section of the American Sociological Association 2013 Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award, presented by the Racial and Ethnic Minorities Section of the American Sociological Association 2012 Best Book Award, Latino/a Sociology Section, presented by the American Sociological Association 2012 Finalist, C. Wright Mills Book Award presented by the Study of Social Problems Victor Rios grew up in the ghetto of Oakland, California in the 1980s and 90s. A former gang member and juvenile delinquent, Rios managed to escape the bleak outcome of many of his friends and earned a PhD at Berkeley and returned to his hometown to study how inner city young Latino and African American boys develop their sense of self in the midst of crime and intense policing. Punished examines the difficult lives of these young men, who now face punitive policies in their schools, communities, and a world where they are constantly policed and stigmatized. Rios followed a group of forty delinquent Black and Latino boys for three years. These boys found themselves in a vicious cycle, caught in a spiral of punishment and incarceration as they were harassed, profiled, watched, and disciplined at young ages, even before they had committed any crimes, eventually leading many of them to fulfill the destiny expected of them. But beyond a fatalistic account of these marginalized young men, Rios finds that the very system that criminalizes them and limits their opportunities, sparks resistance and a raised consciousness that motivates some to transform their lives and become productive citizens. Ultimately, he argues that by understanding the lives of the young men who are criminalized and pipelined through the criminal justice system, we can begin to develop empathic solutions which support these young men in their development and to eliminate the culture of punishment that has become an overbearing part of their everyday lives.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780814776384 20160619
Law Library (Crown)
xiv, 538 pages ; 21 cm
  • The race question in criminal law : changing the politics of the conflict
  • History : unequal protection
  • History : unequal enforcement
  • Race, law, and suspicion : using color as a proxy for dangerousness
  • Race and the composition of juries : setting the ground rules
  • Race and the composition of juries : the peremptory challenge
  • Race and the composition of juries : from antidiscrimination to imposing diversity
  • Playing the race card in the criminal trial
  • Race, law, and punishment : the death penalty
  • Race, law, and punishment : the war on drugs.
In this groundbreaking, powerfully reasoned, lucid work that is certain to provoke controversy, Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy takes on a highly complex issue in a way that no one has before. Kennedy uncovers the long-standing failure of the justice system to protect blacks from criminals, probing allegations that blacks are victimized on a widespread basis by racially discriminatory prosecutions and punishments, but he also engages the debate over the wisdom and legality of using racial criteria in jury selection. He analyzes the responses of the legal system to accusations that appeals to racial prejudice have rendered trials unfair, and examines the idea that, under certain circumstances, members of one race are statistically more likely to be involved in crime than members of another.
Law Library (Crown)
x, 293 p. ; 25 cm.
Law Library (Crown), SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)