Text: Are Prisons Obsolete?
Author: Angela Y. Davis
Quote to Highlight: "Positing decarceration as our overarching strategy, we [should] try to envision a continuum of alternatives to imprisonment – demilitarization of schools, revitalization of education at all levels, a health system that provides free physical and mental care to all, and a justice system based on reparation and reconciliation rather than retribution and vengeance."
Quick Summary: Davis discusses the prison industrial complex and advocates for prison abolition, arguing that once, the abolition of slavery and the convict-lease system was also thought "impossible," but their abolition was made into reality through tireless social activism and movements.
File it under: Racial justice, prison abolition, white supremacy, criminalization of people of color
Type of text: Academic text
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