America on Fire is an ideological account of American race riots that fails to hold up against the facts.
Debates should continue about root causes, but attacking incarceration is not the right way forward.
Progressives have decided that district attorneys are responsible for mass incarceration, which is wrong on a number of counts.
Barry Latzer is professor emeritus at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. His latest book is The Roots of Violent Crime in America: From the Gilded Age through the Great Depression (LSU Press) and the newly-released The Myth of Overpunishment: A Defense of the American Justice System and a Proposal to Reduce Incarceration While Protecting the Public (Republic Books).