9781583225813

Are Prisons Obsolete?

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  • ISBN13:

    9781583225813

  • ISBN10:

    1583225811

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 8/5/2003
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press

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Summary

Amid rising public concern about the proliferation and privatization of prisons, and their promise of enormous profits, world-renowned author and activist Angela Davis argues for the abolition of the prison system as the dominant way of responding to America's social ills. The very future of democracy, she argues, depends on our ability to develop radical theories and practices that make it possible to plan and fight for a world beyond the prison industrial complex.

Author Biography

Angela Yvonne Davis is a professor of history of consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Introduction--Prison Reform or Prison Abolition?p. 9
Slavery, Civil Rights, and Abolitionist Perspectives Toward Prisonp. 22
Imprisonment and Reformp. 40
How Gender Structures the Prison Systemp. 60
The Prison Industrial Complexp. 84
Abolitionist Alternativesp. 105
Resourcesp. 116
Notesp. 119
About the Authorp. 128
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