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The New Jim Crow RadioBlog, Episode 5: "The Cruel Hand"

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"The Cruel Hand" (Chapter 4 in The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander) considers how the criminal justice system operates once a prisoner is released. The legalized discrimination and social stigmatization that follow prevent the formerly incarcerated from re-integrating into society and erode social structures within African-American communities.

Guests this week include:

Kate Wolfson of the Safe and Sound Campaign. Kate is currently working on the Public Safety Compact, a re-entry program in Baltimore providing substance abuse treatment and job services. www.safeandsound.org.

Rev. David Carl Olson, the minister at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore. www.first unitarian.net

This episode is co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington and the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore.