Towards transitional justice? Black reparations and the end of mass incarceration

Ethnic and Racial Studies 41 (4):739-758 (2018)
Jennifer Page
University of Zürich
There are many commonalities between the goals of transitional justice and domestic redress movements. We look at the movement for reparations for enslavement and Jim Crow in the United States as an example of a domestic reparations movement, and argue for the usefulness of the concept of transitional justice. We are particularly interested in showing that a future democratic transition – the end of mass incarceration – could animate a renewed push for reparations and a formal investigation into America’s legacy of racial injustice.
Keywords Reparations  Transitional Justice  Slavery and Jim Crow  Mass Incarceration
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