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Fighting Racial Injustice Behind Bars

Andrea James is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls.

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President Joe Biden declared April 2021 as Second Chances month, calling for a deeper look at racial disparities and better treatment for the incarcerated. It’s a call for reexamining our justice system. Black people make up 12% of the U.S. adult population but they make 33% of the people in prison. Black women specifically are 1.7 times more likely to be incarcerated than white woman. Andrea James is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. Her organization is calling on President Biden to grant clemency to 100 women during his first 100 days in office.