The Open Society Institute cohosts a discussion and book signing for The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (New Press) with author Michelle Alexander.
Alexander, a longtime civil rights advocate and 2005 Soros Justice Fellow, focuses attention on the disproportionate impact and consequences of minorities entrapped in the criminal justice system. "There are more African Americans under correctional control today—in prison or jail, on probation or parole," she writes, "than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began."
- Michelle Alexander, author, The New Jim Crow
- Nkechi Taifa, Open Society Institute
- Barbara Arnwine, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Audrey Wiggins, Lawyers' Committee
- Sarah Crawford, Lawyers' Committee
- Tanya Clay House, Lawyers' Committee
- Kara Gotsch, The Sentencing Project
- Sam Hutchinson, National African American Drug Policy Coalition
Event cosponsors include The Drug Policy Alliance, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Open Society Institute, The Sentencing Project, and Washington Bar Association.
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
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