Valerie Gregorio
Mar 16, 2018

America's Broken Criminal Justice System

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    Hey all! Just wanted to recommend a book and movie that, I think, amazingly display the history of racial discrimination in the criminal justice system and the ways in which African-Americans, especially men, are systemically prone to incarceration. 13th - Documentary (on Netflix) The New Jim Crow - Book by Michelle Alexander I think you can't understand the criminal justice system in the United States without talking about racial discrimination, so for those interested in this topic, I would highly encourage reading/watching these! I would love to learn about any other books/movies along these lines that y'all have found interesting. :)