Is mass incarceration the way that the criminal justice system has created a form of modern day slavery?
The author Michelle Alexander speaks of slavery and the birth of mass incarceration. To me it is the same thing in principle. According to the author mass incarceration and the way that the criminal justice system targets blacks and browns has taken the place of the Jim Crow laws that made blacks second class citizens and deprived them of certain rights. This is similar to the rights that one loses when they go to prison and later return home. Bear in mind that she focuses on drug laws and the disparity between blacks and whites. The point that she makes is that often these are non violent offenses and the long term implications, not being able to exercise certain rights, is far worse than the incarceration itself. The term “ex offender” in itself casts one into a caste system of its own. So with that having been said it seems apparent there must be an underlying connection to slavery and the way that our criminal justice system works today.