Jim Crow, The War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration: disturbing issues that need to be discussed

By | October 24, 2012

The Derek Williams homicide is no longer front-page news. But that doesn’t mean that all-important issues have disappeared about the role of the police and our criminal justice system in communities of color.

Those concerns need to be discussed, even as the federal investigations continue of Williams’ death and possible patterns of civil rights violations.

The police serve an undeniable and all-important function: to serve the community and to protect citizens from crime. But it would be naïve to ignore problems in our criminal justice system that beset not just Milwaukee but urban areas across the country.

What does it mean that more African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War? (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

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