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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness


"The New Jim Crow" was initially published with a modest first printing and reasonable expectations for a hard-hitting book on a tough topic. Now, ... Show synopsis

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  • Important book Apr 5, 2012
    by Diana F

    I have recently become interested in the prison system after finding out that prison labor is being used by a lot of companies producing everything from school lunches to rocking horses to military products. The expansion of private prisons that depend on incarceration for their profits adds another dimension to the criminal "justice' system. this book is an important part of the picture.

  • Solutions? Oct 31, 2010
    by JDGalaxy

    Michelle Alexander's book, a start, highlights the bankruptcy of government solutions to the New Jim Crow & mass incarceration . . . what has become a virulent form of state slavery in the USA. We cannot challenge the heart-felt anguish of this book's progressive author. Missing from the book are practical solutions, as the author states on page 217: "That said, no effort is made here to describe, in any detail, what should or should not be done in the months and years ahead to challenge the new caste system." We have a long way to go, but change is coming. What we are doing now does not make sense and is an unrealized social disaster. [For practical, faith-based, market-oriented solutions to the mass incarceration crisis, take a look at "Prison & Slavery - A Surprising Comparison."] History shows that nations eventually do what makes economic sense with their prisoners, and the USA will be moving in that direction. "The New Jim Crow - Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindnss" is a wake-up call, a soul-search, aimed mainly at the civil rights community, which is too small an audience given the magnitude of the problem.

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