Black America is currently facing a challenge of great import that has far-reaching significance – the systemic removal of individuals from our community – because of policies inextricably linked to the criminal justice system. A felony conviction prevents individuals from voting in elections, from living in public housing, from finding employment and places an extraordinary burden on individual’s rehabilitation efforts. SOULS is interested in exploring the collateral consequences of the criminal justice system and publishing pieces that represent broad and varied perspectives of the criminal justice system and the collateral consequences of having a felony conviction.
With a cover photo by Helen M. Stummer entitled "Najee, Daquan, and Tyre, South 20th Street, Newark, Stairs" January 2004 and with accompanying text "Racializing Justice, Disenfranchising Lives" the Spring 2006 issue of the Souls Journal attempts to explore The Criminal Justice System and its Collateral Consequences. Featured articles include:
The Hyper-Criminalization of Black and Latino Male Youth in the Era of Mass Incarceration by Victor M. Rios
Jim Crow is Alive and Well in the 21st Century: Felony Disenfranchisement and the Continuing Struggle to Silence the African American Voice by Ryan Scott King
Reassessing Race Specificity in American Law and Public Policy by Lorenzo Morris and Donn G. Davis
Rehabilitated but Not Fit to Vote: A Comparative Racial Analysis of Disenfranchisement Laws by Keesha M. Middlemass
The Cactus that must not be Mistaken for a Pillow: White Racial Formation among Latinos by Daniel A. Rochmes and G. A. Elmer Griffin
Page 57 features my image entitled Cop Duty . 33rd March For Life . Supreme Court . Washington DC dated January 2006. See original photo.