Article Outline and Summary

  • Introduction
  • The existing problem in the society of capital punishment is introduced.
  • An example of a recent case that has sparked controversy is stated.
  • The stand of the current administration in the United States is highlighted.
  • Scholars view of the death penalty and its relevance in the contemporary society
  • Michelle Alexander-The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
  • Khalil Gibran Muhammad-The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Urban America.
  • Historical Background of Race and Incarceration
  • President Lincoln and 1863 Emancipation Proclamation
  • Enactment of Jim Crow laws
  • Capital punishment, mass incarceration, economic hijacking and unjust legal normalcy.
  • Civil and human rights organizations involvement.
  • Racial disparities in prison populations.
  • Michelle Alexander Interview
  • Relating race, poverty and rates of incarceration in the society
  • Conclusion
  • Legal structures that limit individual’s ability to move out of the developed social structures.


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