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Are prisons obsolete?

Author: Angela Y Davis
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, [2003] ©2003
Series: Open Media book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Amid rising public concern about the proliferation and privatization of prisons, and their promise of enormous profits, world-renowned author and activist Angela Y. Davis argues for the abolition of the prison system as the dominant way of responding to America's social ills. "In thinking about the possible obsolescence of the prison," Davis writes, "we should ask how it is that so many people could end up in prison  Read more...
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Davis, Angela Y. (Angela Yvonne), 1944-
Are prisons obsolete?
(OCoLC)1085905527
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Angela Y Davis
ISBN: 1583225811 9781583225813 9781166436568 116643656X
OCLC Number: 52832083
Description: 128 pages ; 18 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction: Prison reform or prison abolition? --
Slavery, civil rights, and abolitionist perspectives toward prison --
Imprisonment and reform --
How gender structures the prison system --
Prison industrial complex --
Abolitionist alternatives --
Resources --
Notes --
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Series Title: Open Media book.
Responsibility: Angela Y. Davis.

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Amid rising public concern about the proliferation and privatization of prisons, and their promise of enormous profits, world-renowned author and activist Angela Y. Davis argues for the abolition of the prison system as the dominant way of responding to America's social ills. "In thinking about the possible obsolescence of the prison," Davis writes, "we should ask how it is that so many people could end up in prison without major debates regarding the efficacy of incarceration." Whereas Reagan-era politicians with "tough on crime" stances argued that imprisonment and longer sentences would keep communities free of crime, history has shown that the practice of mass incarceration during that period has had little or no effect on official crime rates: in fact, larger prison populations led not to safer communities but to even larger prison populations. As we make our way into the twenty-first century-two hundred years after the invention of the penitentiary-the question of prison abolition has acquired an unprecedented urgency. Backed by growing numbers of prisons and prisoners, Davis analyzes these institutions in the U.S., arguing that the very future of democracy depends on our ability to develop radical theories and practices that make it possible to plan and fight for a world beyond the prison industrial complex.

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