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New Book Explores Black Men In Jail Outnumbering Slaves In 1850

We all know there are a lot of colored folks in the prison system. As of 2008, there are 846,000 Black men incarcerated and they make up 40.2 percent of all inmates in United States prisons.

Michelle Alexander, a law professor at Ohio State University wrote a new book entitled, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness which touches on the fact that there are more Black men in prison, on parole or on probation now than there were slaves in 1850.

She questions the drop in crime but the rise in Black male incarceration. Maybe crime dropped because they locked up all the bad guys. Read her book and find out.