The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

A tenth-anniversary edition of the iconic bestseller—“one of the most influential books of the past decade,” according to the Chronicle of Higher Education—with a new preface by the author

“It is in no small part thanks to Alexander’s account that civil rights organizations such as Black Lives Matter have focused so much of their energy on the criminal justice system.” —Adam Shatz, London Review of Books

Finalist, Letitia Woods Brown Book Award
Winner, Emerson Award
Finalist, Silver Gavel Award
Finalist, Phi Beta Kappa
Winner, NAACP Image Award
Winner, Constitutional Commentary Award
Silver Medal Winner, Independent Publishers Association

Seldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow.Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall Project and the new $100 million Art for Justice Fund; it has been the winner of numerous prizes, including the prestigious NAACP Image Award; and it has spent nearly 250 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Most important of all, it has spawned a whole generation of criminal justice reform activists and organizations motivated by Michelle Alexander’s unforgettable argument that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” As the Birmingham News proclaimed, it is “undoubtedly the most important book published in this century about the U.S.”

Now, ten years after it was first published, The New Press is proud to issue a tenth-anniversary edition with a new preface by Michelle Alexander that discusses the impact the book has had and the state of the criminal justice reform movement today.

Praise

“Devastating. . . . Alexander does a fine job of truth-telling, pointing a finger where it rightly should be pointed: at all of us, liberal and conservative, white and black.”
Forbes
“Invaluable . . . a timely and stunning guide to the labyrinth of propaganda, discrimination, and racist policies masquerading under other names that comprises what we call justice in America.”
Daily Kos
“Carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable.”
Publishers Weekly
“A call to action for everyone concerned with racial justice and an important tool for anyone concerned with understanding and dismantling this oppressive system. ”
Sojourners
“Alexander is absolutely right to fight for what she describes as a ‘much-needed conversation’ about the wide-ranging social costs and divisive racial impact of our criminal-justice policies.”
—Ellis Cose, Newsweek
“Many critics have cast doubt on the proclamations of racism’s erasure in the Obama era, but few have presented a case as powerful as Alexander’s.”
In These Times
“[Written] with rare clarity, depth, and candor.”
Counterpunch
“Undoubtedly the most important book published in this century about the U.S.”
Birmingham News

News and Reviews

Controversial New Jim Crow Ban Lifted

The ACLU of New Jersey Successfully Challenges the New Jersey Correctional System’s Ban on Access to The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander’s

New Press Authors Michelle Alexander and Sherrilyn Ifill Kick Off Opening Ceremony for Bryan Stevenson’s New Peace and Justice Museum and Memorial

The New Jim Crow author Michelle Alexander and Sherrilyn Ifill, co-author with Bryan Stevenson, Loretta Lynch and Tony Thompson of the recently rele

New York Times Bestsellers

The New Press has made history – for a second time – having two titles in the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestsellers list, simultaneously:

Future Lions of New York [February 16, 2018 - New York Times] Since the legendary chaos of 1970s and ’80s, New York has ev

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Books by Michelle Alexander

El color de la justicia
La nueva segregación racial en Estados Unidos

Michelle Alexander