Michelle Alexander

"The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"

7 p.m., Thursday, December 1, 2011


Michelle Alexander event flyer (PDF)


Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar who currently holds a joint appointment at the Kirwin Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Her first book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness challenges the conventional wisdom that with the election of Barack Obama as president, our nation has “triumphed over race.” Today an astounding percentage of the African American community is either incarcerated or trapped in a permanent, second- class status, much like their forefathers. She challenges the civil rights community, and all of us, to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

Panel Discussion: Race, Crime, and Criminal Justice: Views from the Trenches

November 1, 2011


Does race play a role in who gets pulled over, who gets arrested, and who goes to prison? What is the impact of race on prison sentencing? Do alternatives to the current US system of incarceration exist? Hear perspectives from professionals and scholars in the field of criminal and juvenile justice. This interactive panel discussion will be facilitated by researcher and WSU faculty member, Clay Mosher, Ph.D.

Panelists: Dr. Clay Mosher, Ph.D - Professor of Sociology, Washington State University Vancouver (facilitator); Pat Escamilla - Clark County Juvenile Court Administrator; Chief John Batiste, Washington State Patrol; Dr. Katherine Beckett, Ph.D - Professor of Sociology, University of Washington; Judge Steven Gonzalez - King County Superior Court.