Saturday, December 17, 2016

Mass Incarceration is the New Jim Crow

"One in three young African American men will serve time in prison if current trends continue and in some cities more than half of all young adult black men are currently under correctional control - in prison or jail, on probation or parole. 

Yet mass incarceration tends to be categorized as a criminal justice issue as opposed to a racial justice or civil rights issue (or crisis)...

...This book argues that mass incarceration is, metaphorically, the New Jim Crow and that all those who care about social justice should fully commit themselves to dismantling the new racial caste system. 

Mass incarceration - not attacks on affirmative action or lax civil rights enforcement - is the most damaging manifestation of the backlash against the Civil Rights Movement (Alexander, 2012, p. 9-11)."

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