Why did I love this book?
The New Jim Crow is essentially a beginner's guide to the Criminal Industrial Complex. The first time I read it I was still in prison. And let me tell you, it was an infuriating experience. I was sitting in a cell being told everything that had led me, on a societal level, to exactly where I was in that moment. It showed me, in plain terms, everything that would be stacked against me if I ever got released. But it also gave me a certain freedom to understand how to escape the criminal justice system’s traps when I got out. Eventually, we made it mandatory reading in my book club, The Book Crushers, so we could give the other men incarcerated at Patuxent the same knowledge I had gained from it.