Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System

Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System

by Robbin Shipp, Nick Chiles


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Justice While Black is a must-read for every young black male in America—and for everyone else who cares about their survival and well-being. This is a first-of-its-kind essential guide for African-American families about how to understand the criminal justice system, and about why that system continues to see black men as targets—and as dollar signs.

The book provides practical, straightforward advice on how to deal with specific legal situations: the threat of arrest, being arrested, being in custody, preparing for and undergoing a trial, and navigating the appeals and parole process. The primary goal of this book is to become a primer for African Americans on how to avoid becoming ensnared in the criminal justice system.

While the precarious safety of black males has received renewed interest in the past year because of the deaths of teenagers Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, the fact is that this group has always been under threat from the armed guardians of the white social order. The tactics have been modernized, but the impact is still devastating—we are witnessing an epic criminalization of the African-American community at levels never before seen since the end of slavery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932841909
Publisher: Agate
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 360,366
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Robbin Shipp, Esq., is an attorney in Decatur, Georgia. She lives in Atlanta with her daughter. Nick Chiles has won more than a dozen major journalism awards, including a Pulitzer Prize as a newspaper reporter in New York City. He is the author or co-author of 12 books, including two New York Times bestsellers, one co-written with Rev. Al Sharpton and one with gospel superstar Kirk Franklin. He lives in Atlanta.

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Chapter 1 Officer Friendly Isn't Your Friend: Everything You Need to Know about Racial Profiling 13

Chapter 2 Silence Is Golden: How to Handle Stop-and-Frisk and Illegal Searches 35

Chapter 3 The History between Police and Black Males: From Slave Patrols to the KKK-to Today 49

Chapter 4 The Trap of the Plea Bargain: How to Fight It 59

Chapter 5 Get Me Johnnie Cochran: When You Don't Have Cash to Hire a High-Profile Lawyer 89

Chapter 6 Get a Haircut: The Black Male Goes to Trial 83

Chapter 7 Jesus… Somebody… Please Help!: Never Give Up Hope 95

Chapter 8 Families: Got to Be There 105

Chapter 9 The Prison-Industrial Complex: The Vicious Cycle 115

Chapter 10 Your Guide to Navigating the System 133

About the Authors 153

Index 155

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