The New Jim Crow By Michelle Alexander

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The book, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander is about the mass incarceration of African Americans in the criminal justice system. It depicts individuals who were arrested on drug crimes. Because these individuals are labeled as criminals, it becomes difficult for them to find work, housing, and public assistance. (Alexander, 2010) The themes in this book include denial and ignorance, racism and violence, and drugs. Denial and ignorance is a common behavior noted in this book. Many times people do not react to what is going on around them, even though they may have a sense of what is going on. Some individuals may walk away from a scene so they don’t have to get caught up and involved. There are also many stereotypes of people of…show more content…
It is called racial profiling and is very disconcerting to me. Similar to how Michelle Alexander explained a situation like this in her book, Ruth woke up to policeman banging on her door at 3 am and being handcuffed and led away in her pajamas right in front of her son. Police officers tackled her son and put handcuffs on him. They searched through her rooms, knocking everything over, and making a mess. Though this was a fictitious, it was based on real life situations. (Picoult, 2016) Racism played a major role in this case, and could have sentenced an innocent live to prison. In the book, The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander talked about the War on Drugs and how it led to mass incarceration. It also mentions how the largest increase in prisons was during Bill Clinton 's presidency. “The Clinton Administration 's ‘tough on crime’ policies resulted in the largest increases in federal and state prison inmates of any president in American history.” (Alexander, p. 56) The punishment for the third offense was life in prison. I believe the War on Drugs continues to be a major issue for this country for a while, but that doesn’t mean we should be seeing the same people in and out of prison. I believe we need to create programs within the criminal justice system to help individuals become successful and get drugs far away from them. Group therapy may be a start for some of these individuals. They can talk about why they became
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