Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. DavisAre Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis

Are Prisons Obsolete?

byAngela Y. Davis

Paperback | August 5, 2003

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With 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.
Over the last forty-odd years, ANGELA YVONNE DAVIS has been active in numerous organizations challenging prison-related repression. Born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1944, Davis studied at Brandeis University, the Sorbonne, and with Herbert Marcuse at the Goethe Institute. Her advocacy on behalf of political prisoners, and her alleged con...
Title:Are Prisons Obsolete?Format:PaperbackPublished:August 5, 2003Publisher:Seven Stories PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1583225811

ISBN - 13:9781583225813


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really great primer on the topic of prison abolition For anyone just jumping into the topic of prison abolition, and the inherently racist and sexist prison industrial complex, this book is a great place to start. The language is quite accessible making this book available to all readers. Don't expect to receive a direct answer to the oft asked question by people who are just starting to think about prison abolition but do expect to receive great insight into how and why this system thrives. This book provides the framework to allow people to see the suffering that would be alleviated if the carceral system was removed.
Date published: 2017-11-28

Editorial Reviews

"In this brilliant, thoroughly researched book, Angela Davis swings a wrecking ball into the racist and sexist underpinnings of the American prison system. Her arguments are well wrought and restrained, leveling an unflinching critique of how and why more than 2 million Americans are presently behind bars, and the corporations who profit from their suffering. Davis explores the biases that criminalize communities of color, politically disenfranchising huge chunks of minority voters in the process. Uncompromising in her vision, Davis calls not merely for prison reform, but for nothing short of 'new terrains of justice.' Another invaluable work in the Open Media Series by one of America's last truly fearless public intellectuals." Cynthia McKinney, former Congresswoman from Georgia