Blind Goddess: A Reader on Race and Justicie

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  • Copyright: 11/8/2011
  • Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services

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The most significant writings of practitioners, professors and advocates to make sense of what is perhaps America's most astonishing and shameful achievement: the highest per capita incarceration of its citizens anywhere in the world, compounded by the shockingly disproportionate imprisonment of poor ethnic minorities. Although there is growing awareness of the huge fiscal cost of mass incarceration, the moral, human and social devastation of racially skewed law enforcement remains largely unrecognised.

Author Biography

Alexander Papachristou, a former practicing attorney, leads and advises social justice organizations focusing on human rights, education reform, and socioeconomic development. Patricia J. Williams is a professor of law at Columbia University and writes the monthly column "Diary of a Mad Law Professor" for The Nation. Both live in New York City.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. viii
Prefacep. xiii
Setting the Stage: is Justice Really so Black and White?p. 1
The New Jim Crowp. 3
Race, Incarceration, and American Valuesp. 21
Class, Race & Hyperincarceration in Revanchist Americap. 30
Policing: Where are the Cops when you need them?p. 47
Profiling Unmasked: From Criminal Profiling to Racial Profilingp. 49
Stop-Question-Frisk Analysesp. 57
The Shame of New York Cityp. 62
The War on Drugs: Who is the Real Enemy?p. 65
The War on Drugs and the African American Communityp. 67
Decades of Disparity: Drug Arrests and Race in the United Statesp. 80
Lawyering: Whom are the Lawyers Really Representing?p. 85
Should Good People Be Prosecutors?p. 87
"What's a Defense?"p. 100
The Jury: Who are your Peers and Who are mine?p. 115
Judgment and Discriminationp. 117
Illegal Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection: A Continuing Legacyp. 139
Sentencing: Does Time Come in Different Colors?p. 157
No Exit: The Expanding Use of Life Sentences in Americap. 159
New Political and Cultural Meaningsp. 171
Prison: What are the Walls Hiding?p. 187
Texas Toughp. 190
Prisoners of the Census in New York: Democracy on the March!p. 212
Collateral Consequences: Could it Get Anyworse?p. 215
Incarceration and Social Inequalityp. 218
Death by a Thousand Little Cuts: Studies of the Impact of Incarcerationp. 224
Solutions: Can anything be done about this?p. 247
Doing Less Harmp. 251
The Fire This Timep. 264
From Racial Profiling to Racial Literacyp. 293
Notesp. 297
Bibliographyp. 343
Permissionsp. 349
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