Civil rights activist who rose to national attention for her 2010 criminal justice book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. She won the 2011 NAACP Image Award for outstanding non-fiction, and finished as a finalist for the Silver Gavel Award.
She earned her bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University. She later earned her law degree from Stanford Law School.
She appeared in the December 2012 documentary film Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin. She served as the Racial Justice Project director for the ACLU's northern california.
She married her husband Carter Mitchell Stewart in 2002.
She favorably reviewed fellow prominent black writer and activist Ta-Nehisi Coates' 2015 work Between the World and Me for The New York Times.