2018-2019 One Read Selection

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

by Professor Michelle Alexander

The title for the 2018-19 academic year will be The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, a civil rights attorney and law professor. This book, presenting pages of statistics and legal citations on American criminal justice policies, comes at a time when “declining crime rates and exploding prison budgets have made conservatives and liberals alike more ready to question the wisdom of keeping nearly 1 in 100 Americans behind bars.” It also is controversial and provocative, arguing that the war on drugs and unequal enforcement of criminal laws have legalized old forms of discrimination regarding employment, housing, voting rights, educational opportunities, and other public benefits.

Access the Book

There are several ways you can access The New Jim Crow:

  • Purchase the book: http://newjimcrow.com/about/buy  
  • Borrow it from our Law Library: The Law Library has acquired multiple copies of The New Jim Crow. Incoming 1L students may not yet be entered as borrowers in the library’s system, but will be issued a courtesy borrowing card if necessary in order to check out this book. Please contact Tamara Guilford-Davis guilforddavist@missouri.edu for assistance.
  • Find it at a library near you: You can find local public and academic libraries that have the title.