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Michelle Alexander: "It's not enough to end the drug war. We must also repair the harms caused by it."

Tommy McDonald

Earlier today, Michelle Alexander, author of the best-selling The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness joined the Drug Policy Alliance’s asha bandele for a discussion of the book’s impact.

Alexander’s book, which spent nearly 80 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list, brought to the forefront  a national conversation about why the United States had become the world’s largest incarcerator, with 2.2 million in prison or jail, 7.7 million under control of the criminal justice system, with African American boys and men—and now women—making up a disproportionate number of those imprisoned. 

Alexander identified failed drug war policies as the primary driver of those numbers, and called for a greater challenge to them by key civil rights leaders.

The RSVP-only conversation between Alexander and bandele inspired a rich dialogue with call participants. If you missed it, you can listen to the conversation here.

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