The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America

The book addresses causes of the rapid increase in U.S. incarceration rates since the 1970s and of racial inequality in the U.S. prison system. Specifically, Murakawa traces the role of liberal politicians, particularly national-level Democrats, in shaping racially unequal incarceration policies.

 

By Naomi Murakawa

The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America

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