By reading this koob, you will discover how the system of mass incarceration in America relegates black men into a permanent underclass.
You will also learn about:
The critical role the War on Drugs has played in the explosion of the prison population.
How black inner-city men are particularly targeted, and why.
How this is all possible within a criminal justice system that is officially colorblind.
The long-term consequences of a criminal record for individuals and their communities.
The similarities between the system of mass incarceration and Jim Crow and slavery.
The steps and conditions necessary to reform the criminal justice system.
The American system of mass incarceration works to take basic rights away from the people, mainly brown and black men, who get caught up in its net, including their right to vote, and subjects them to legal and state-approved discrimination in a variety of situations. This system has become entrenched as the new normal, and reforming it proves incredibly challenging. After all, who wants to fight for felons?