The highly praised book “The New Jim Crow” links racial discrimination to mass incarceration. I haven’t read the book, but it seems like something that can be used as an educational tool. Especially for a person who is currently incarcerated. At least two New Jersey State prisons disagree with my assessment.
The Huffington Post (@HuffPost) reports, the book “The New Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of Colorblindness” is off limits as a matter of policy at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton and Southern State Correctional Facility in Delmont, according to documents provided in response to a public records request from the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU chapter plans to send a letter to state corrections officials on Monday demanding access to the book for inmates in the state, which the group has said has the worst U.S black-white incarceration disparity.
“The New Jim Crow chronicles how people of color are shut out of society by mass incarceration. That the very prisoners who experience the worst racial disparity in incarceration in the country should be prohibited from reading a book whose precise purpose is to examine and educate about that disparity adds injury to insult.” The letter from the ACLU states.