Mass Incarceration in Allegheny County

The term “mass incarceration” was identified by Michelle Alexander in her groundbreaking 2010 book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. According to Alexander, there are more African-Americans under the control or supervision of the criminal justice system than were enslaved a decade before the Civil War began. She makes the compelling argument that:

What has changed since the collapse of Jim Crow has less to do with the basic structure of our society than the language that we use to justify it… Rather than rely on race, we use our criminal justice system to label…

Mik Pappas

Elected, Independent, District Judge in Pittsburgh, PA. Access to justice is essential to a vibrant and equitable democracy. he/him/his

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