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Angela J. Davis: Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution and Imprisonment

UMD School of Law

Policing the Black Man is a comprehensive, readable analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement; a thought-provoking and compelling anthology featuring essays by some of the nation’s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars.

Policing the Black Man explores and critiques the many ways the criminal justice system impacts the lives of African American boys and men at every stage of the criminal process, from arrest through sentencing. Essays range from an explication of the historical roots of racism in the criminal justice system to an examination of modern-day police killings of unarmed black men. The contributors discuss and explain racial profiling, the power and discretion of police and prosecutors, the role of implicit bias, the racial impact of police and prosecutorial decisions, the disproportionate imprisonment of black men, the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, and the Supreme Court’s failure to provide meaningful remedies for the injustices in the criminal justice system. Policing the Black Man is an enlightening must-read for anyone interested in the critical issues of race and justice in America.

Angela J. Davis, professor of law at American University's Washington College of Law, is an expert in criminal law and procedure with a specific focus on prosecutorial power and racism in the criminal justice system. She previously served as director of the D.C. Public Defender Service, where she began as a staff attorney representing indigent juveniles and adults. She is the author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor (for which she won the Pauline Ruyle Moore award in 2009) and is the co-editor of Criminal Law, Trial Stories, and the 7th edition of Basic Criminal Procedure. Davis was awarded a Soros Senior Justice Fellowship in 2003. She won the American University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award in 2015, the American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, Creative Activity, and Other Professional Contributions in 2009 and the American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment in 2002.






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Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:30pm


UMD School of Law
500 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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