Drawing from and expanding on the themes of michelle alexanders acclaimed bestseller, the new jim crow, this indepth guide provides a launching pad for groups wishing to engage in deep, meaningful dialogue about race, racism, and structural inequality in the age of mass incarceration. A culture of punishment, combined with race and classbased animus, has led the united states to rely on incarceration more heavily than any other country in the world does. The prison abolition movement is a loose network of groups and activists that seek to reduce or eliminate prisons and the prison system, and replace them with systems of rehabilitation that do not place a focus on punishment and government institutionalization. Learn more about great on kindle, available in select categories.
It is hard to imagine that if young whites, despite being no more likely to offend drug laws than blacks, were subjected to these laws that we would have seen a sharp reaction from the white majority. Mass incarceration disproportionately impacts the poor and people of color and does not make us safer. This important polemic from kilgore presents a grim picture of the u. They are fighting against the discrimination that people face every day because of arrest or conviction history. Collateral consequences of criminal convictions judicial.
The first is chattel slavery as the pivot of the plantation economy and. The attention of civil rights advocates has been largely devoted to other issues, such as affirmative action. The system of mass incarceration is based on the prison label, not prison time, writes civil rights lawyer and legal scholar michelle alexander in her seminal book the new jim crow. Mass incarceration in an age of colorblindness i realize that i had no idea what im up against. Enjoy a great reading experience when you buy the kindle edition of this book.
Elizabeth hinton traces the rise of mass incarceration to an ironic source. Reading this book was a trip down the rabbit hole into an alternate universe where things many of us believe. Communities united against mass incarceration action network. Download pdf mass incarceration on trial free online. American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminaljustice system thats left the u. Ending mass incarceration brennan center for justice. After reading michelle alexanders, the new jim crow. The new jim crow by michelle alexander on blogcritics i thought that i understood racism. Understanding that distinction is the key to grasping the significance of. To some extent, the 2008 election was a hopeful moment in the fight against mass incarceration. As a columnist for the new yorker put it, mass incarceration on a scale. Sentencing policies of the war on drugs era resulted in dramatic growth in incarceration for. The drug war, mass incarceration and race january 2018 with less than 5 percent of the worlds population but nearly 25 percent of its incarcerated population,1 the united states imprisons more people than any other nation in the world largely due to the war on drugs. Since the publication of the new jim crow, student organizations opposed to mass incarceration have begun to form on college campuses, including howard university, columbia university, and mount holyoke college.
The pennsylvania prison society is a longstanding organization dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system. The growth of incarceration in the united states john jay college. The fourth stage, stevenson writes, is mass incarceration of poor, black, and undocumented people, and the consequences this has on perpetuating inequality. Take action the new jim crow mass incarceration in the. The claim that american justice system engages in mass incarceration is now a cliche. The goal of all of us or none is to strengthen the voices of people most affected by mass incarceration and the growth of the prisonindustrial complex. Our challenges have included a lawsuit arguing that longterm solitary confinement is unconstitutional. Alexanderch5, the new jim crow university of warwick. This book was so revolutionary, it was banned in prisons across the united states for fear of a black uprising. Click download or read online button to get mass incarceration on trial book now. Center nor i agree with all the content of the essays in this book, and. The mission of communities united against mass incarceration is to end mass incarceration. The new jim crow discredited, advocates demand revision.
For the last couple of years social justice advocates have loudly sung the praises of michelle alexanders book the new jim crow. This site is like a library, use search box in the widget to get ebook that you want. This is not a complete list by any means, but it is a place to start. The human and financial costs of mass incarceration are. How we misunderstand mass incarceration a new book argues that, in the effort to fix the prison epidemic, we are addressing the wrong things and missing the true problem. Mass incarceration, largely through the war on drugs, has produced a catastrophe for african americans. Vote is fighting hard to end mass incarceration in louisiana, and recently filed a lawsuit to reinstate the voting rights of 70,000 people disenfranchised by the criminal justice system. Obama has openly discussed his own recreational drug use as a young man and at first seemed to be opposed to the war on drugs. Burton is an ideal companion to michelle alexanders the new jim crow and every american should read it in order to understand the terrible human cost that the war on drugs and mass incarceration have had on our society a cost felt way, way disproportionately by people of color and to appreciate the nearly impossible. The stop mass incarceration network smin exists to stop the slow genocide of mass incarceration and all its consequences.
Ten organizations that are fighting mass incarceration and. However, former champions of the book and those seeking social change are quickly turning on. Since the publication of the new jim crow, a number of groups and organizations have dedicated themselves to the task of genuine movement building to end our nation s current caste system. The following list includes a series of programs offered by nonprofit organizations, the government and local communities.
Advocacy themes include moving towards childfriendly prison systems, using mass incarceration to influence wider social change, the effects of pretrial detention on families, the particular issues in hawaii, and how arrest and detention procedures harm children. Americans divided on priorities for criminal justice system, gallup oct. Ending mass incarceration open society foundations. Communities united against mass incarceration denver, co cuami aims to bring together all those organizations and individuals in colorado working on issues of mass incarceration all those issues that impact mass incarceration, and all those issues that are impacted by mass incarceration. In our litigation and in our advocacy, ccr draws the connections between mass incarceration and racial injustice, discriminatory policing, economic oppression, torture, and abusive immigration practices. He argues, however, that comparing mass incarceration to the jim crow laws diminishes the severity of the jim crow laws, which included lynching and other forms of violence against african americans.
John gramlich, the gap between the number of blacks and whites. This pdf is available from the national academies press at. A remarkable story and a book you will never forget. Discussions and book signings are taking place throughout the u. Eji is working to end our misguided reliance on over incarceration. How we misunderstand mass incarceration the new yorker. Obamas vice president joe biden, however, is one of the senates most strident drug warriors who wrote the. Mass incarceration center for constitutional rights. Mass incarceration the age of colorblindness, which has garnered a huge following and spawned an allegedly new designation for racial inequity in the united states. During the past twenty years, virtually every progressive, national civil rights organization in the country has mobilized and rallied in defense of affirmative action. Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness is a book by michelle alexander, a civil rights litigator and legal scholar.
Mass incarceration on trial download ebook pdf, epub. We believe the aclu has the capacity and leadership needed to help us take the campaign against mass incarceration to the next level. The study guide and call to action spans the entirety of the new jim crow, engaging the critical. Angel tree program connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of christmas gifts, for those who celebrate this holiday. The national inventory of collateral consequences of criminal convictions. Due to its large file size, this book may take longer to download. Communities united against mass incarceration cuami. The prison abolitionist movement is distinct from conventional prison reform, which is the attempt to improve conditions inside prisons. From slavery to mass incarceration rethinking the race question in the us n ot one but several peculiar institutions have successively operated to define, confine, and control africanamericans in the history of the united states. He writes widely on issues of mass incarceration and the politics and history of. If you or your group wish to benefit from both booklets, we encourage you to begin with the study guide then move on to the organizing guide. Short of major wars, mass incarceration has been the most thoroughly implemented government social program of our time. Others have been working to end mass incarceration for many years.
Incarceration generation brings together commentary from 21 researchers, advocates, and people who have personally experienced the system to illuminate how mass incarceration. They pool their money together to cover the cost of mailings and to raise funds for legislative action. The politicization of criminal justice policy and a lack of evidencebased assessment result in a oneway ratchet in which law and policy grow ever more punitive. Stevenson describes modern oppression through innocent mistakes against people of color, citing an occasion when a white judge assumed stevenson was the defendant because he is black.
Ideal for individuals and groups wishing to go deeper with michelle alexanders acclaimed book, the new jim crow, these two booklets can be used independently of one another or as a companion set. The veterans of hope project developed an interfaith study guide for the new jim. This article describes the current mass incarceration paradigm and current. The united states incarcerates its citizens more than any other country. How did the land of the free become the home of the worlds largest prison system. Incarceration generation 20 is a coffeetable book of essays detailing the rise of mass incarceration over the last 40 years. Opinions or points of view expressed are those of the authors and do not. Mass incarceration the new jim crow michelle alexander. There are few organizations in the united states that act in such close alignment with the open society foundations values and criminal justice goals, and we are confident that. If you want to truly understand the weapon of white supremacy that we call prosecution, this book is a must read. The book discusses racerelated issues specific to africanamerican males and mass incarceration in the united states, but alexander noted that the discrimination faced by africanamerican males is prevalent among other minorities and socioeconomically. W hen i heard that the new jim crow a book by michelle alexander about how mass incarceration in america is a new form of racial control had been banned by new jersey prisons, i. Incarceration generation timeline justice policy institute. Nonprofit journalism about criminal justice search about donate.977 1403 1434 1369 1293 1367 27 986 266 952 853 95 608 723 992 867 993 1419 968 1224 372 46 1430 90 1131 558 1247 1485 123 103 616 60 1382 1165 436 240 1138 736 1082 729 738 497 1343 36 1266