For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

April 12, 2010

Legal Scholar Argues Jim Crow Alive and Well

Legal scholar and civil rights advocate Michelle Alexander argues that although Jim Crow laws have been eliminated, a racial caste system in the U.S. has not - it's simply been redesigned and is alive and well in the criminal justice system. Alexander, the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness will discuss whether a new Jim Crow system is thriving in the age of Obama at the UW School of Law on Tuesday, April 13 at 4 p.m. in William H. Gates Hall Room 138.

Alexander, the former director of the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California, holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. Her lecture and book signing is part of the UW School of Law's Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series.