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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
By Michelle Alexander (The New Press, 2010)

Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as “brave and bold,” this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a “call to action.”

Called “stunning” by Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David Levering Lewis, “invaluable” by theDaily Kos, “explosive” by Kirkus, and “profoundly necessary” by the Miami Herald, this updated and revised paperback edition of The New Jim Crow, now with a foreword by Cornel West, is a must-read for all people of conscience.

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Articles & Publications

Diminishing Capacity: The Heroin Crisis and Illinois Treatment in National Perspective
Illinois Consortium Drug Policy at Roosevelt University (2015)

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Marked for Life: Collateral Sanctions Associated with Marijuana Offenses in Illinois
Marijuana Policy Project (2013)

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A 25-Year Quagmire: The War on Drugs and Its Impact on American Society
The Sentencing Project, written by Marc Mauer and Ryan S. King (2007)

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No Entry: A National Survey of Criminal Justice Diversion Programs and Initiatives
The Center for Health and Justice at TASC (2013)

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War on Drugs: Report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy
Global Commission on Drug Policy (2011)

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Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work
Global Commission on Drug Policy (2014)

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America’s Changing Drug Policy Landscape
Pew Research Center (2014)

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Drug War Détente? A Review of State-Level Drug Law Reform, 2009-2013
Vera Institute of Justice, written by Ram Subramanian and Rebecka Moreno (2014)

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