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The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
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Jul 05, 12

Read in May, 2012

Michelle Alexander does a wonderful job of describing how the current criminal justice system has been structured to incarcerate Black men at a higher rate at harsher sentences for similar crimes committed at the same rate as their white counterparts. Alexander details the rise of mass incarceration from the 1980s "war on drugs" and how the American prison system has become the New Jim Crow that existed in the later half of the 20th century.
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message 1: by Dan (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dan Sirotkin Great review, the one thing I think Alexander might've missed is tying the War on Drugs to the destruction of the black family and their economic decline:

http://tremblethedevil.com/?p=2310


message 2: by Apierre (new)

Apierre Iastate.edu Yes, great catch


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