“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” will be the topic of a panel discussion at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.

The discussion about race and the criminal-justice system will revolve around the book of the same name by Michelle Alexander, a legal scholar who argues that Jim Crow laws have been replaced by a “war on drugs” that has branded millions of young African-Americans felons and denied them basic rights of citizenship.

Panelists will be City Judge James A. W. McLeod, attorney Terrence D. McKelvey and Chuck Culhane, a board member of Prisoners Are People Too and the Western New York Peace Center. The moderator will be Rod Watson, columnist and urban affairs editor at The Buffalo News.

The panel discussion will be followed by questions from the audience. The free event is sponsored by the church’s Social Justice Committee.