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.

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

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