Are Prisons Obsolete?

Are Prisons Obsolete? Author Angela Y. Davis
ISBN-10 1583225811
ISBN-13 9781583225813
Year 0000-00-00
Pages 128
Language English
Publisher Seven Stories Press
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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