The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander
In this New York Times bestseller, civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that America’s criminal justice system functions as a new type of racial control, targeting black men through the “war on drugs.” Although Jim Crow laws are a thing of the past, she says millions of blacks arrested for minor crimes remain marginalized and disfranchised, trapped by a criminal justice system that labels them felons for life and denies them basic rights and opportunities. In this seminal book, Alexander argues that nothing short of a major social movement is needed to end the mass incarceration of black Americans. Read an excerpt of Alexander’s book. See Bill Moyers interview with Alexander on her book.