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On Prison Abolition
At Goldsmiths Students' Union we support prison abolition. We know from the lived experiences of black people, incarcerated people, and survivors of sexual violence that the current systems do not work. We look to a world where the causes and effects of social inequity, economic disenfrachisement, and human rights violations are addressed within a frame of compassionate, holistic, and restorative justice.
...but what exactly is prison abolition?
When we talk about prison abolition, lots of questions come to mind. What is it? How can this happen? What does a world without prisons look like? How can we stay safe?
As part of Black History Month 2020, we co-hosted a Prison Abolition Q&A where academics and activists adressed these questions.
Thank you to Imani Robinson from Black Abolitionists UK, Dr Aviah Day from Birbeck, Ayotomi from SWARM and Chelsea Jackson!
If you’re interested in reading more about Prison abolition, especially how it fits in with our shared vision of tackling and eliminating sexual violence, check out this reading list.
A special thank you to Hareem Ghani for her suggestions and work on this subject with us.
Prison Abolition x Against Sexual Violence
Articles // Blogs // Zines
Is it time to reimagine justice and accountability for sexual misconduct?
Maya Dukmasova for the Chicago Reader
From “Me Too” to “All of Us”: Organizing to End Sexual Violence, Without Prisons
Sarah Jaffe in Conversation with Mariame Kaba and Shira Hassan for In These Times
How can we reconcile prison abolition with #MeToo?
Victoria Law for Filter Magazine
Immigrants Who Defend Themselves From Sexual Violence Face Prison, Deportation
Victoria Law for Truthout
Why don’t sentences for accused sex offenders teach them to treat women like people?
Victoria Law for The Guardian
If we abolish police, what happens to rapist?
Cassandra Mensah for Teen Vogue
When People Who Harm Don’t Consent to Transformative Justice
Hunter Ashleigh Shackelford on Medium
What about the rapists?, Anarchist Approaches to Crime and Justice
A Zine by Dysophia
Videos // Podcasts
Resisting Gender Violence Without Cops or Prison
An Interview with Victoria "Vikki" Law by Angola 3 News
(11 minute Youtube video)
Sexual Violence and Transformative Justice in Abolitionist Times
A Disscussion with Beyond Survival: Stories and Strategies of the Transformative Justice Movement
(1hour 24 minute Youtube Video)
“Just Paint the Walls Pink”: Gender, Prison and Carceral Feminism
by Novara Media
(1 hour podcast episode)
The Feminist and The Sex Offender
by Judith Levine and Erica Meiner
Inside This Place, Not Of It
by Robin Levi and Ayelet Waldman
Prison Abolition General ?Resources
Videos // Podcasts
The Hard Stop
The story of Mark Duggan, who was shot and killed in Tottenham in 2011, is brought to the screen in this humane, thought-provoking and topical documentary. Available to rent from the British Film Institute.
In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists, and politicians analyse the criminalisation of African Americans and the US prison boom. Available to stream on Netflix.
Articles // Books
Prison: A Survival Guide
by Carl Cattermole
Are Prisons Obsolete
by Angela Davis
Discipline and Punish
by Michel Foucault
Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California
by Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind
Ruth Wilson Gilmore for The New York Times
Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women
by Victoria Law?
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Alexander Michelle
Jailbirds: Lessons from a Women’s Prison
by Miriam “Mim” Skinner
Prisons of Poverty
by Loïc Wacquant
by Jackie Wang
Do you have any suggestions or recommendations to add to this list?
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