The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

This well-researched history of modern mass incarceration in the United States has become a classic in the racial justice literature. The author's background as a legal scholar contributes to the delivery of a profound and often disturbing account of the U.S. criminal justice system's role in damaging our country's communities of color. For those who want to become more informed about the complexity of race issues in America, this book provides an invaluable account of the challenges before us.

336 pages. ©2012.
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Reader Reviews for this Book


Review posted March 1, 2021


This book was very thoroughly researched and very effective in presenting timely information about the War on Drugs, mass incarceration, and Black communities in the U.S. It was very dense (it read more like a textbook, in my opinion) but the information it presented was necessary and compelling.


Review posted December 23, 2020


"The New Jim Crow" is such an important book for everyone to read. This 10th anniversary edition has an excellent introduction as well. I read this with my husband,and we both learned a lot and had some meaningful discussions. It is well-researched and well-written. Thank you for offering this book!


Review posted November 4, 2020


This book was eye opening. I feel this is a book everyone should read. This is a book that I will revisit in the future.


Review posted October 8, 2020


In the climate of today, this is a must read.


Review posted October 1, 2020


Eye opening look at oppression in the US.


Review posted September 17, 2020


This book was recommended to me by an anti-racism educator that I follow on Instagram. I found it well written and informative. A must read for anyone interested in social justice and anti-racist work.