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June 27, 2010 6:00 AM

Commentary: 'The New Jim Crow' by Michelle Alexander, a must read

Others have written of the racial bias of the criminal injustice system. In "The New Jim Crow," Michelle Alexander goes a provocative step further. She contends that the mass incarceration of black men for nonviolent drug offenses, combined with sentencing disparities and laws making it legal to discriminate against felons in housing, employment, education and voting, constitute nothing less than a new racial caste system. A new segregation. She has a point.

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