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, the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, NJ, the only women’s prison in NJ. I volunteered there every week with The Meta Theatre Company for a year and a half, 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 The 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.

The New Jim Crow: Ten Years Later

Interview with Michelle Alexander on the New Yorker Radio Hour, 1/17/20

“The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an ‘Aberration’” (NY Times column by Michelle Alexander, 1/17/20)

Introductory resources

Girls and women


Plea deals

Debtors’ prison

Corporate profit from the War on Drugs and mass incarceration

Implicit bias


Public Defenders

School-to-prison pipeline

Prison labor

College Education


Action (also see many of the Social Justice Organizations listed on the side)