How to Abolish Prisons: Lessons from the Movement Against Imprisonment

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How to Abolish Prisons: Lessons from the Movement Against Imprisonment

By  Rachel Herzing , Justin Piche , Preface by  Mariame Kaba
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What is prison abolition?

In the 1960s and 1970s, groups like the U.S. Prison Research Education Action Project and the Norwegian Association for Penal Reform advocated for a world without prisons. Instead, incarceration boomed, growing in the United States from about 200,000 prisoners to unprecedented 2 million and more. Now, a movement to abolish prisons has returned, with grassroots movements and critical research converging on an uncompromising critique of the regime of mass incarceration.

This book provides a trenchant guide to prison abolition, explaining why the solution to the criminal justice crisis is ending policing, imprisonment, and mass surveillance, and building a society that creates alternatives to punishment and carceral solutions to social contradictions. The book details and evaluates abolitionist projects throughout North America that provide alternative models, and reveals what it means to work for abolition today, what are ways to "de-carceralize" society.

Rachel Herzing is executive director of the Center for Political Education. She was a cofounder of Critical Resistance and a Soros Justice Fellow of the Open Society Foundations.

Justin Piché is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa and co-editor of the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons. He is a recipient of the Aurora Prize from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, which "recognizes an outstanding new scholar who is building a reputation for exciting and original research in the social sciences and humanities". He lives in Ottawa.

ISBN: 9781786632777

ISBN-10: 9781786632777

Publisher: Verso

Publication Date: 01/02/2079 - 12:00am

On Sale: 01/02/2079 - 12:00am

Pages: 192

Language: English

Categories

Social Science / Penology

Political Science / Human Rights

Social Science / Activism & Social Justice