The new jim crow mass incarceration

It makes them angry. However, this has so far been met with little success. The War on Drugs discourages young black men from seeking legal employment. Drug warriors are trying to get rid of those drug kingpins and violent offenders who make ghetto communities a living hell.

Once released from prison, new members of this undercaste face a "hidden underworld of legalized discrimination and permanent social exclusion". For more than a decade, black drug dealers and users would be regulars in newspaper stories and would saturate the evening TV news.

Furthermore, police are aware that it would be impossible to arrest every American who uses drugs and that they must therefore make a decision about who to punish for the crime of drug use.

Officials must fear what would happen if people fully understood how biased and corrupt our so-called justice system is Michelle Alexander Alexander said in an email the ban was in keeping with a widespread denial of civil and human rights to inmates in American prisons.

Kemp, and none have been successful.

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The ban also points to some blood-boiling ironies. However, this evidence has made little impact on the way that the criminal justice system is actually run.

The New Jim Crow tells a truth our nation has been reluctant to face. This discrepancy has shown to be especially severe in drug cases.

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

At the other end of the social spectrum are the young black men who are under active control of the criminal justice system currently in prison, or on parole or probation —approximately one-third of the young black men in the US. Alexander has concluded that mass incarceration policies, which were swiftly developed and implemented, are a "comprehensive and well-disguised system of racialized control that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow.

This book opened my eyes to the abuses that go on today. Drug offences alone accounted for about two-thirds of the increase in the federal inmate population, between toand more than half of the increase in the state prison population. More aggressive enforcement of federal drug laws resulted in a dramatic increase in street level arrests for possession.

Democrats began competing with Republicans to prove that they could be even tougher on the dark-skinned pariahs.

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

You need other opinions as you read it. Crime rates have fluctuated over the last few decades -- they are currently are at historical lows -- but imprisonment rates have consistently soared. If you are in a book club or even a progressive church Sunday School class, this would be a great discussion starter.

While these myths have little foundation in reality, they have the biggest influence in shaping the way the country works. The uncomfortable truth, however, is that crime rates do not explain the sudden and dramatic mass incarceration of African Americans during the past 30 years.

Showing of 60 next show all I knew this would be a hard read and I was right. To approach these matters as anything but would be to fortify this new racial caste. And the vast majority of that increase is due to the War on Drugs.

The New Jim Crow

Disparate sentencing policies the crack cocaine v. Nearly a quarter of African Americans live below the poverty line today, approximately the same percentage as in And that's with affirmative action.

The eventual outcome, however, suggests that this is unlikely. years even as incarceration rates have sky-rocketed,3 and whites, more than any other racial group, are perpetrators of most drug crimes, despite the fact that Blacks and Latino/as are locked up at alarmingly high disproportions.4 The New Jim Crow goes a long way to explain these contradictions within the colorblind and mass incarceration phenomena.

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. “The New Jim Crow. Permissions Department, The New Press, 38 Greene Street, NewYork, NY Published in the United States by The New Press, NewYork, Distributed by Perseus Distribution LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATIONDATA Alexander, Michelle.

The new Jim Crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness 1 Michelle Alexander. p. cm. Mass incarceration has systemically created an underclass of Black (and increasingly brown) citizens with fewer rights and more bitter futures than the rest of America; it really is the new Jim Crow.

Recognizing this horrific reality, the ACLU has made ending mass incarceration. The New Jim Crow is informative of the history that cause the mass incarceration of black, the policies made under both political parties that targeted blacks by instead using the world criminals to avoid blatant racism in the public/5(61).

Mass Incarceration is NOT the New Jim Crow by R.L. Stephens II on April 9, At this point, everybody and their mama has heard of the New Jim Marioti, writing for Huffington Post, called it “a must read for every American.” John Legend quoted the book’s argument that more Black people are imprisoned today than were enslaved .

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