Haley Scholars Fall 2013 Reading Groups
"Today a criminal freed from prison has scarcely more rights, and arguably less respect, than a freed slave or a black person living 'free' in Mississippi at the height of Jim Crow" (141). --Michelle Alexander
In chapter 4 of The New Jim Crow, Alexander focuses on the many challenges that people face once they have been released from prison. Clearly, things do not magically change for the better after release. In fact, as Alexander shows, a stigma remains and excessive denial of opportunities occur that sometimes far outweigh the wrongs committed.
What aspect of the chapter were you most interested in? Why?