Are Prisons Obsolete?: An Open Media Book

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ReadHowYouWant, Oct 8, 2010 - 160 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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User Review  - thereserose5 - LibraryThing

I read a few chapters of this in college, but decided to take my time and read through the entire book. I read and reread because abolition is something I think we could see in my lifetime. This book ... Read full review

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User Review  - arewenotben - LibraryThing

Extremely good on the history of prisons and how ill-suited they are for their purpose. Not quite as strong on potential alternatives, requiring some pretty radical (and long overdue) changes to ... Read full review

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