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EDITOR, Muscatine Journal,

Examination of our prison system shows great social and financial expense to society in terms of impact on humanity. As we as a nation change and combat racial injustices, we should take this opportunity to examine mandatory minimums, care of the mentally ill in prisons, and the demographics of those incarcerated.

To explore these issues the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Muscatine County invites the public to participate in a community read of Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The Musser Public Library has ten books for checkout to anyone interested.

The LWV of Muscatine County and the Alexander G. Clark Cultural Series at Muscatine Community College are pleased to have Adrien Wing present and lead discussion about The New Jim Crow. Adrien Wing is the Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Programs and the Bessie Dutton Murray Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she has taught since 1987. Additionally, she serves as the Director of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights. Discussion on this topic will take place on February 28, at the Student Center, Muscatine Community College, at 7:00 pm.

You will be informed about mass incarceration and its connections to the greater society. We invite you to check out this book, The New Jim Crow, from the library and attend an evening of learning that promises to be inspiring on February 28 at 7 pm.

Sue Johannsen, LWV Muscatine County

Naomi DeWinter, Alexander G. Clark Foundation


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