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

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The book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” (“The New Jim Crow”) hits on many significant points concerning the criminal justice system and the systemically racial elements that have been perpetuated through various laws. As argued in the book, the “War on Drugs” has been used to perpetuate racial discrimination against African Americans since the 1980s and the Reagan Administration.
My personal reflection on the book comes from a legal perspective. Within the world of legal education little if any discussion is had concerning the impact of the law. There is intense discussion on what the law is and where the law could go but in terms of the impact of certain laws such as that within the “War on Drugs” I believe the mass incarceration of African Americans in relation to drug laws was mentioned twice at most and only in passing. In terms of what could be changed there was no mention of the sociological elements at play or that the disparate impact was due to the law themselves. Even within the context of law school the discussion focused on the almost implicit assumption that minorities were simply more prone to criminal violence.
In “The New Jim Crow” various critiques to the current systems were addressed. The abuse and financial incentives undertaken by police departments corrupt the system. Racial biases increase the probability that African Americans and other minorities such as Latinos will be stopped and their property seized.…