Law and Legal

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

Michelle Alexander

About the Program

A former law clerk for Justice Harry Blackmun argues that the U.S. Justice system operates as a social and racial control mechanism by targeting undereducated black men for incarceration. The means of targeting includes the war on drugs and various forms of collateral damage, like disenfranchisement.  Michelle Alexander appears here on Washington Journal.

About the Authors

Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander is a former law clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun and former Director of the Racial Justice Project at ACLU.  She holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University.


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

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  • Monday, April 12th at 5:15am (ET)
  • Sunday, April 11th at 11am (ET)
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