The New Jim Crow

By ASPIREist | ASPIREist Original: Clint Smith visits a prison to examine the relationship between race and prison terms. CALL TO ACTION: Go to Change.org/JusticeReformNow to petition congress and Obama to reform our criminal justice system.

Episode 1 Segment 1: The New Jim Crow

On the Red Couch with ASPIREist host Clint Smith

Sign the Petition

<b>cut50</b><p><b>119,705</b><p>Supporters<p><b>Right now, we have an opportunity to fix one of the biggest moral crises of our time.</b><p>1 out of every 100 Americans is behind …

The Case for Considering Reparations

A country that could actively contemplate atoning for plunder would be a very different nation than one we live in now.<p>Kevin Drum offers an interesting, and familiar, rebuttal to the reparations argument:<p>A couple of years ago Coates famously wrote an Atlantic article titled “The Case for …

Racism

The Enduring Solidarity of Whiteness

Black poverty is fundamentally distinct from white poverty—and so cannot be addressed without grappling with racism.<p>There have been a number of useful entries in the weeks since Senator Bernie Sanders declared himself against reparations. Perhaps the most clarifying comes from Cedric Johnson in a …

Social Justice

ASPIREist

How Brain Science is Changing Juvenile Justice Sentencing

Even though most of our brain structure is formed by age 5 or 6, our brains are still changing well into adulthood. Specifically, changes in the …

The Brain

Ta-Nehisi Coates with Michele Norris

Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer, journalist, and educator is a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. …

Legal Scholar: Jim Crow Still Exists In America

Under Jim Crow laws, black Americans were relegated to a subordinate status for decades. Things like literacy tests for voters and laws designed to prevent blacks from serving on juries were commonplace in nearly a dozen Southern states.<p>In her book <i>The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of</i> …

All Stories by Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic

On Monday, the retired four-star general and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly asserted that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.” This was an incredibly stupid thing to say. Worse, it built on a long tradition of endorsing stupidity in hopes of making Americans stupid …

Ta-Nehisi Coates

How to raise a black son in America

As kids, we all get advice from parents and teachers that seems strange, even confusing. This was crystallized one night for a young Clint Smith, who …

furious

Congress Prepares to Deliver (a Little) Criminal Justice Reform

Sensenbrenner<p>Grassley<p>Sentencing. Sentences for most crimes in the U.S. are far more severe than in other developed countries, and policies like …

Douglas A. Blackmon | Pulitzer Prize | Author

Why must the Confederate banner come down? <br>Because it is the battle flag of white cowards, <br>And those angry that white privilege is ending<p>By Douglas …

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ADVOCACY<p>We advocate for fair and effective criminal and juvenile justice policies.<p>LEADERSHIP<p>We invest in successful formerly incarcerated leaders …

The Sentencing Project

publications<p>Nazgol Ghandnoosh testifies in support of DC's Youth Incarceration Act (YRA), but encourages the Council to go further by increasing …

Equal Justice Initiative

Police brutality in America should come as no surprise – Bryan Stevenson | Comment is Free

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that’s left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they've failed to reckon with history. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report “The Negro Family” tragically helped create this …

Prison

Slavery to Mass Incarceration

Mass Incarceration, Visualized

In this animated interview, the sociologist Bruce Western explains the current inevitability of prison for certain demographics of young black men and how it's become a normal life event. "We've chosen the response of the deprivation of liberty for a historically aggrieved group, whose liberty in …

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander

Color Blindness

A Brief History of Jim Crow

“I can ride in first-class cars on the railroads and in the streets,” wrote journalist T. McCants Stewart. “I can stop in and drink a glass of soda …

What was Jim Crow - Jim Crow Museum

Jim Crow was the name of the racial caste system which operated primarily, but not exclusively in southern and border states, between 1877 and the …

Racism

There's blatant inequality at nearly every phase of the criminal justice system

In the year since Michael Brown was killed, Americans have focused their attention on the harsh treatment of black Americans at the hands of police.<p>A shocking number have been killed in encounters with police, in the year since Ferguson and <b>in the years before</b>. Thousands more have suffered subtler …

Criminal Justice Reform For The Skeptics

Though criminal justice reform is having a moment of increasing bipartisan support, not all conservatives are convinced. Those who lived through the …

Framing the debate on criminal justice reform: What citizens and policymakers should know

Americans across partisan, ideological, and racial lines are rethinking the country’s criminal justice system. This is entirely appropriate—and …

Prison

Experts and agencies come together for prison reform forum

Former Chief Inspector of Prisons Professor Nick Hardwick and Peter Dawson, Deputy Director of the Prison Reform Trust, spoke at event

Prison

Pass a justice bill as big as this moment

<b>(CNN) —</b> After decades of failed policies, advocates and political leaders finally have swung open the door for fundamental reform in our criminal justice system.<p>The U.S. Senate recently held a major hearing and a committee vote that dramatically advanced the reform agenda. We also witnessed the …

Prison

HKS PolicyCast: A message of inequality in the criminal justice system still resonates

<i>The Boston Globe presents the Harvard Kennedy School PolicyCast, a weekly podcast on public policy, politics, and global issues. HKS PolicyCast is</i> …

Justice