Are Prisons Obsolete?

Are Prisons Obsolete?

Book - 2003
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The Anti-racism collection has been created by Lethbridge Public Library and the City of Lethbridge Diversity and Inclusion Working Group to provide resources about anti-racism education, history, and perspective. Anti-racism is defined by the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre as the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies, practices and attitudes, so that power is redistributed and shared equitably.
Publisher: New York City, New York : Seven Stories Press, [2003]
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9781583225813
Characteristics: 128 pages ;,18 cm.


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Jan 05, 2018

This small book packs a powerful punch, in just 128 pages (including a resource list and endnotes). I imagine that most people who read this are at least curious about a world without prisons, rather than mere reform -- but Angela Davis' concise and compelling work truly has something for everyone, whether or not you believe that incarceration is the most effective response to crime. Over six chapters, Davis shares her thorough research on the history of prisons, their racist and sexist foundations, and the rise of the prison industrial complex. "What, then, would it mean to imagine a system in which punishment is not allowed to become the source of corporate profit? How can we imagine a society in which race and class are not primary determinants of punishment? Or one in which punishment itself is no longer the central concern in the making of justice?" These questions, which are asked in the last few pages of the book, don't get entirely answered here. But readers who are willing to engage the intersections of racial, gender, disability, and transformative/restorative justice through Davis' writing will certainly have their imaginations stirred by the possibilities this book provides.

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