DC Podcast Episode 5: The New Jim Crow

Dear all Decipherers: Welcome to hell. Did I say hell? I mean fall. This week we bring you a podcast on the contours of another landscape of trauma. We are taking a look at Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

Michelle Alexander is a civil rights lawyer and legal scholar who wrote this book on a fellowship in 2010. The premise: mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow. Since then, a number of high visibility police shooting of black men and the rise of the visible far right have proven the central thesis of her work. 

Today’s episode was recorded and edited by Jordan of Nocturnal Fraternity.  Follow them on facebook or instagram.

Check out the podcast below:

1. For other scholars and works that address mass incarceration in America:  Elizabeth Hinton’s From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime; Naomi Murakawa’s The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America; Kendi, Ibram X.  Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America  

2. For more resources on prison gerrymandering, please visit  The Gerrymandering Project or the  Prison Policy Initiative

3. The featured image in today’s podcast is an aerial image of The United States Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX), a federal supermax prison for men located in Fremont County, Colorado. Opened in 1994, it is colloquially known as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.”

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