Are Prisons Obsolete? Angela Davis (2003)

1990-2010, Date, Disruptive Spaces, History/Theory, Institutions, Theory

In 2003, Angela Davis published “Are Prisons Obsolete?”. Barely over 100 pages, the book is broken into six chapters, arguing for the abolition of prisons. The first chapter outlines the differences between prison reform and prison abolition. The following two chapters explain how reform and abolition look different within the prison system. Chapter four delves into how gender aids in the structure of the prison system, chapter five describes the prison industrial complex, and chapter 6 proposes alternatives for prisons after the abolition of them. A former member of the Communist Party, author Angela Davis, a political activist, philosopher, and now professor, has published many books on feminism, capitalism, racism, and for the abolition of prisons.

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