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

The New Jim Crow boldly challenges the widespread sentiment that our nation has "triumphed over race" with the election of Barack Obama. It argues that in the so-called era of colorblindness our criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control. Millions of people of color have been targeted -- primarily through the War on Drugs -- branded felons for life, and then relegated to a permanent second-class status by law in which they can be denied the right to vote, automatically excluded from juries, and legally discriminated against in employment, housing, access to education, and public benefits, much like their grandparents or great-grandparents may have been during the Jim Crow era. The book urges the civil rights community, and all of us, to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.