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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness: Michelle Alexander, Cornel West: 9781595586438: Amazon.com: Books

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

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness [Michelle Alexander, Cornel West] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. 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
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Racism is Alive and Well in a supposedly Post Racist Society

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 This book addresses all the issues of the mass incarceration society we live in. We rob people of their voice yet still demand that they pay taxes. A cycle is only reinforced by inhibiting 

What are people/commenters saying about the article? 

 This book has gotten rave reviews. It is difficult to find a negative review, but entire papers have been written on the downsides of her argument. Many claim the jim crow laws should not be compared to mass incarceration, and another critique is that she does not address the economic side of the issue.

What do you think about the article, the comments and why? 

I appreciate this book, and while it has flaws, what book about such a complex issue wouldn't? I think she has done an excellent job describing the issue.

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Michelle Alexander’s ‘New Jim Crow’ Raises Drug Law Debates

Michelle Alexander’s ‘New Jim Crow’ Raises Drug Law Debates | Prison Pipe Line and the War on Drugs | Scoop.it
A law professor asserts that the war on drugs and incarceration for drug offenses are ways to limit the gains of the civil rights movement.
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The New Jim Crow provides fresh perspectiveWhat is the article about? The unequal treatment of black communities is prevalent across all levels of income. The book uses facts and numbers to define the problem.What are people/commenters saying about the article? N/AWhat do you think about the article, the comments and why? The article summarizes some of the key points of the book. I think part of the problem isn't represented here, and that is equally misinforming. 
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Government Action on Ending PipelineWhat is the article about? School to prison pipeline is incredibly expensive. We must refocus on prevention programs, less severe punishment. Local budgets are being damaged.What are people/commenters saying about the article? N/A, I presume there would be criticism of government inaction though.What do you think about the article, the comments and why? These committees tend to talk a lot and not really walk the walk. While the ideas here are strong, there needs to be concrete legislation being pushed through.
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Criminalizing Children at School

Criminalizing Children at School | Prison Pipe Line and the War on Drugs | Scoop.it
Districts should think twice before deploying more cops in schools because it might hurt students more than it helps them.
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Transparency in School ArrestsWhat is the article about? Alarmed by the drastic statistical differences in arrests, where african american children are four times more likely to be punished for breaking rules, many have called for greater police transparency.What are people/commenters saying about the article? Many commenters believe that the police presence is beneficial. The officer is able to develop a relationship with the students and reduce the amount of gang violence. Others believe the tax dollars are better spent on emergency services.What do you think about the article, the comments and why? The increased transparency in police reports is an excellent idea. I am not so sure about the police presence being beneficial. I think an officer being at a school is too far, even if he is able to reach some students, others will still feel threatened and unsafe.
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Reducing Racial Inequality in Our Justice System

Reducing Racial Inequality in Our Justice System | Prison Pipe Line and the War on Drugs | Scoop.it
President Obama should follow Attorney General Eric Holder's lead and commute the sentences of low-level drug offenders.
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Non-violent offenders deserve to have their sentences reconsideredWhat is the article about? Eric Holder set a precedent of forgiving non-violent offenders. Now there is a movement for Obama to follow and push this movement farther.What are people/commenters saying about the article? For the most part people agree with the article, but there is concern about rehabilitation. What are these prisoners going to do after prison? What do you think about the article, the comments and why?There is widespread support throughout the states for reducing penalties, especially in marijuana related cases. I think this is only half the problem though. The real problem is creating economic security so citizens don't have to return to crime after prison.
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Fact Sheet: How Bad Is the School-to-Prison Pipeline? | Tavis Smiley Reports | PBS

Fact Sheet: How Bad Is the School-to-Prison Pipeline? | Tavis Smiley Reports | PBS | Prison Pipe Line and the War on Drugs | Scoop.it
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Excellent Sheet Showing the raw facts

 

This article outlines the raw facts surrounding the school to prison pipeline. The graphic is a very helpful guide too.

 

The commenters are mostly supportive of the graphic. Some say that the statistics presented actually underestimate the real problem.

 

I appreciate the fact that this graphic is so clear, but the inaccuracies should be adjusted.

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Denying "Problem Kids" EducationWhat is the article about? Part of the problem is that school administrators want to maintain their schools scores. Thus they put "problem kids in separate classrooms that do not participate in standardized testing.What do you think about the article, the comments and why? Reentry is a key point that not many articles I have seen address. It is necessary not only for the thousands that have already been taken from their communities, but for the thousands to come.
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1 In 3 Black Males Will Go To Prison In Their Lifetime, Report Warns

1 In 3 Black Males Will Go To Prison In Their Lifetime, Report Warns | Prison Pipe Line and the War on Drugs | Scoop.it
One in every three black males born today can expect to go to prison at some point in their life, compared with one in every six Latino males, and one in every 17 white males, if current incarceration trends continue. These are among the many pieces of evidence cited by the Sentencing Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group that advocates for prison reform, in a report on the staggering racial disparities that permeate the American criminal justice system.
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Statistical report showing different sides of the problem.

What is the article about? High rate of incarceration of african american and hispanic young males is due to racial profiling and a poor public defense system. Public firms are understaffed and underfunded.What are people/commenters saying about the article? Many people shared personal experiences of being stopped and frisked. Even those who do not necessarily fit the profile.What do you think about the article, the comments and why? I thought the part about the public defense system being in a state of crisis was particularly interesting. Especially given that this system is in place to prevent the increased incarceration of low income communities. 

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Social inequality in prisons

Social inequality in prisons | Prison Pipe Line and the War on Drugs | Scoop.it
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The Justice system is based on a system social stratification What is the article about? How the current justice has become less about criminality and more about class and race. Education is heavily tied to this as well.What are people/commenters saying about the article? n/aWhat do you think about the article, the comments and why? I like how this article acknowledges recidivism because I believe it is one of the biggest problems when it comes to reducing sentences. Job programs are key.
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The School-to-Prison Pipeline: A Nationwide Problem for Equal Rights

The School-to-Prison Pipeline: A Nationwide Problem for Equal Rights | Prison Pipe Line and the War on Drugs | Scoop.it
Advocates point to data showing that excessive disciplinary policies disproportionately target black, low-income and disabled students
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Our Schools are Supporting the Racist Prison Pipe LineWhat is the article about?The policing of schools is racist and creates a harsh learning environment for students. Also the criminalization of school discipline is only reinforcing the school to prison pipeline.What are people/commenters saying about the article? One side is that this discipline is necessary and that if the kids didn't misbehave in the first place this wouldn't be a problem. The other side is that the "policing" of schools needs to be broken down immediately. I didn't see very many comments that were in the middle.What do you think about the article, the comments and why? The public schools we have in Berkeley are no where near this level of police activity. It surprises me that this system has been allowed to take hold. The article mentions that New York needs to be a leader in dismantling this system and I am in agreement with this seeing as that influence could easily spread elsewhere.
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