Are Prisons Obsolete?: An Open Media Book

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ReadHowYouWant, Oct 8, 2010 - 180 pages
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With her characteristic brilliance, grace and radical audacity, Angela Y. Davis has put the case for the latest abolition movement in American life; the abolition of the prison. As she quite correctly notes, American life is replete with abolition movements, and when they were engaged in these struggles, their chances of success seemed almost unthinkable. For generations of Americans, the abolition of slavery was sheerest illusion. Similarly, the entrenched system of racial segregation seemed to last forever, and generations lived in the midst of the practice, with few predicting its passage from custom. The brutal, exploitative (dare one say lucrative?) convict-lease system that succeeded formal slavery reaped millions to southern jurisdictions (and untold miseries for tens of thousands of men, and women). Few predicted its passing from the American penal landscape. Davis expertly argues how social movements transformed these social, political and cultural institutions, and made such practices untenable

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A great introduction to concept of prison abolition. - Goodreads
Short, easy to read, and brilliant. - Goodreads
It's well-written and researched for being a tiny book. - Goodreads
A short introduction into the antiprison movement. - Goodreads
Intro to Decarceration. - Goodreads

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An excellent introduction to the inherent injustices of the prison system, its history, the emergence of the prison-industrial complex, and abolitionist approaches to the prison. Davis expertly ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Angela Y. Davis is Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness at the University of California and author of many books including Women, Race and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete? She is a much sought after public speaker and internationally known feminist scholar, prison abolitionist, and advocate for social justice.

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