“If you’re black, you’re treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white.”

"The AboveGround Railroad'  is the story of Henry Madison, a twenty-year old college student wrongfully accused of murdering a fellow student during a brawl on campus. Henry proclaimed his innocence from day one and, his mother, Wanda Madison, stood by his side.   The botched investigation conducted by lead detective, Kevin Ratchett, made it very apparent to Wanda that he and, district attorney, Stacey Fingerman, were trying to “railroad” her son.  She watched in disbelief as they threatened potential witnesses, coerced witness statements and, committed perjury for the sake of a conviction. It was like watching a bad episode of Law and Order, but this wasn’t TV, it was her Son’s Life they were playing with and, as far as Wanda was concerned, they chose the Wrong One!!!

    

Race is the deciding factor in whether you’re deemed innocent in a court of law.

“If you’re black, you’re treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white.”

African Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of whites.