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Michelle Alexander: 'The New Jim Crow'

Ross Reynolds
01/25/2011 at 12:40 p.m.

An astoundingly high percentage of African Americans are in jail or on probation. Legal scholar and civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander says this is because the US criminal justice system functions as a system of racial control. She explores these themes in her new book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."

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Michelle Alexander is associate professor at Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Previously she was director of Stanford's Civil Rights Clinic and director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California. Her new book is "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."

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