Hear Me Out: What’s the Impact of Mass Incarceration on My Community?

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The United States currently imprisons over 2.2 million people, many of them for nonviolent crimes. The prisoners are disproportionally Black and Latino.

Thirteen percent of the country’s population is African American, but nearly half of the people in the Allegheny County Prison System are Black. African Americans are nearly four times more likely to be arrested than their white peers for drug offenses, like marijuana use.

How can we break the cycle of generational poverty that creates an increase in the school-to-prison pipeline? How do we avoid continuing the cycle of mass incarceration?

The following titles will help to answer these questions as well as other questions you may have. If you’d like to have a conversation about the topic, check out the next ‘Hear Me Out’ Dialogue Series on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM.

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Despite the triumphant dismantling of the Jim Crow Laws, the system that once forced African Americans into a segregated second-class citizenship still haunts America, the US criminal justice system still unfairly targets Black men and an entire segment of the population is deprived of their basic rights. Outside of prisons, a web of laws and regulations discriminates against these wrongly convicted ex-offenders in voting, housing, employment and education. Alexander here offers an urgent call for justice. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby, as eBook on Hoopla or as eAudio on Hoopla.