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How to Abolish Prisons: Lessons from the Movement Against Imprisonment
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How to Abolish Prisons: Lessons from the Movement Against Imprisonment (Hardback)

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Following some of the largest protests the US has seen in many years, police and prison abolition have become urgent issues of our time. As this book reveals, this marks a return: 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, grassroots movements and critical research are 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 on-the-ground 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.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCrime & criminologyPenology & punishmentPrisonsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial welfare & social servicesEmergency servicesPolice & security services Publisher: Verso Books Publication Date: 07/06/2022 ISBN-13: 9781786632777  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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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 Piche 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.

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