James Forman, Jr.

© Marc McAndrews for the Open Society Foundations

James Forman, Jr., a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School, will research and write an account of crime and criminal justice policy in Washington, D.C., from the early 1970s to the present. He sees the District, the nation’s only majority-black urban jurisdiction, as a case study of the causes of mass incarceration.

Earlier in his career, Forman worked for the D.C. Public Defender Service, where he represented juveniles and adults in serious felony cases. He is a co-founder of the Maya Angelou Public Charter School, which combines rigorous education, job training, counseling, mental health services, life skills, and dormitory living for school dropouts and youth who have previously been incarcerated. He received his JD from Yale Law School.