Resources on “The New Jim Crow”

This list of resources is inspired by Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. In Fall 2015, I required her book in my course Race in American Literature and Popular Culture at Raritan Valley Community College (in NJ). I also helped facilitate a six-week discussion of this book at the First Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hunterdon County (NJ) sponsored by the Hunterdon County Anti-Racism Coalition. In addition, I helped facilitate discussion of this book in a third location last fall, the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, NJ, the only women’s prison in NJ. I volunteer there every week with META Theatre Company, and in addition to discussing the book, the women inmates also helped write a play about their experiences (called Hello My Name Is). The members of Meta Theatre Company on the outside performed a stage reading of the play at RVCC for my class and the college community, and video is available here.

Introductory resources

Girls and women

Family

Plea deals

Debtors’ prison

Corporate profit from the War on Drugs and mass incarceration

Implicit bias

Juries

Public Defenders

School-to-prison pipeline

Prison labor

College Education

Reentry

Action