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Alumni Reading Groups

PPE Alumni Reading Group

The PPE Program is happy to announce a brand new opportunity for our PPE Program Alums! The PPE Program Reading Groups have been a staple of our programming for many years, and now we want to expand its reach to our alumni.

Spend seven weeks reading and talking about an important PPE book (description below) with an exciting group of  PPE alumni and a discussion leader. The group is open to all UNC PPE alumni who are eager and able to meet for seven (7) weeks, from October 9 – November 20, 2020, on Fridays at 5:30pm EST.

The PPE Program will provide copies of the books to all selected participants and an engaging group leader.



Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

By James Forman, Jr.

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

Semester: Fall 2020
Group Leader: Alexandru Marcoci, Teaching Assistant Professor

The United States imprisons more people per capita than any other country in the world. There are currently 2.3 million people locked up in state and federal prisons, juvenile correctional facilities, local jails, immigration detention facilities, Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons. This represents over 20% of the world's prison population. Mass incarceration is partly the result of surging rates of incarceration among African-Americans. Because of this, many see the criminal justice system, in its current form, as a new system of racial control. In Locking Up Our Own, James Forman Jr. documents the birth of mass incarceration in the United States and the support early punitive measures had from many African-American leaders in the nation’s urban centers. A former D.C. public defender, Forman tells the stories of politicians, community activists, police officers, defendants, and crime victims. He presents individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas — from the men and women he represented in court to officials struggling to respond to a public safety emergency. Locking Up Our Own invites the reader to reflect on the moral legitimacy of mass incarceration and draws lessons about the future of racial justice in the United States.