New Jersey Prisons Ban Book About Mass Imprisonment Of Black People: ‘The New Jim Crow’
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Jersey claims that two New Jersey prisons have banned a book about the mass imprisonment of black people in the U.S.
The ACLU of New Jersey said the prisons have banned “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” which is a violation of the prisoners’ First Amendment rights, notes The Intercept.
Amol Sinha, ACLU of New Jersey’s executive director, released a statement:
Michelle Alexander’s book chronicles how people of color are not just locked in, but locked out of civic life, and New Jersey has exiled them even further by banning this text specifically for them.
The ACLU of New Jersey has received multiple complaints about the book being banned.
The ACLU of New Jersey then filed an Open Public Records Act request, and was told the book was banned “as a matter of policy,” The Intercept reports.
The New Jersey Department of Corrections refused to comment.
(Source: The Intercept)