Colbert Takes on Racist Mass Incarceration

 Never one to shy away from controversial and important issues that don't get their due elsewhere, Stephen Colbert invited prison reform advocate and civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" on to his show. 

They spoke about the racist underpinnings of the "war on drugs" and the prison system.

And Alexander got a good cheer when she said "we need to legalize marijuana."

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AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at May 9, 2012, 4:19am