Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. DavisWith 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.
In Are Prisons Obsolete?, Professor Davis seeks to illustrate that the time for the prison is approaching an end. She argues forthrightly for decarceration, and argues for the transformation of the society as a whole.
Reading chapters 2 & 3 of: Are Prisons Obsolete? By Angela Davis.
In 's , people incarcerated, three decades after there were ten times more people in prisons. Chapter 2: "Slavery, Civil Rights, and Abolitionist Perspectives Toward Prisons" Chapter 4 Summary: Davis examines the role of gender in the chapter “How Gender Structures the Prison System.
Angela Y. Davis
Review of “Are Prisons Obsolete?”
Do we need prisons? The book is an excellent starting point for people who are new to prison abolition and for anyone who wants to better understand the prison industrial complex. Send us tips, comments, and questions: beyondprisonspodcast gmail. Brian Sonenstein: Welcome back to Beyond Prisons. How ya doing, Kim? Brian: So what Kim and I are going to talk about today is a book that both of us think is a good starting point for people, especially for people who are new to the topic of abolition. Brian: It provides a pretty succinct overview of sort of the concepts and the frameworks of abolition and just sort of ways to approach thinking about criminal justice , prisons, and their intersection with race and economy, and gender in very succinct and easy to understand ways.
Four ideas from Angela Davis
Why should we get rid of prisons? Nobody said it better than Angela Y. Davis in her amazing little book Are Prisons Obsolete? Seven Stories Press, In a mere pages Davis can take you from completely uninformed to possessing a pretty sophisticated degree of understanding.
In Are Prisons Obsolete? She argues for "decarceration", and for the transformation of our society as a whole. As she so convincingly argues, the contemporary U. Davis explores the biases that criminalize communities of color, politically disenfranchising huge chunks of minority voters in the process. Many people have already reached the conclusion that the death penalty is an outmoded form of punishment that violates basic principles of human rights. It is time, I believe, to encourage similar conversations about the prison. During my own career as an antiprison activist I have seen the population of U.
The exception is, of course, grounded within a moral perspective. Angela Davis writes from a position of experience when it comes to incarceration, racial chauvinism, gender chauvinism and oppression. Throughout the book, she makes occasional references to her own experiences with the US prison system and as an anti-prison activist, while still maintaining the composure of her sociological analysis. De-constructing the Ideology of Imprisonment. Davis begins her work discussing the rigid ideology of incarceration as the solution to crime that holds the existence of prison systems as inevitable, even among those who are critical of the criminal justice system, and exposes how this ideology is constructed and reinforced by media.