“This is a collaborative project, one that’s pretty comprehensive in scope, I think, in terms of the issues that it takes up, and it’s meant as a practical organizing tool. One of the central figures here is Fay Honey Knopp…You can clearly see her influence as someone who’s coming out of the Quaker tradition – she has a broadly pacifist orientation…Here you have a figure who is a Christian pacifist and also a feminist, and I think that’s important to emphasize. The people working with her also have a strongly feminist orientation. I really like the book. It takes up a lot of the things that would occur to people when prison abolition is advocated and tries to respond to many of those objections. It also includes a strong critique of retributivism…It is staunchly opposed to the use of violence, including state violence. I think that’s important here too. It’s against the military, the police, and by extension, the prisons and prison guards as a way of responding to wrongdoing or injustice. We won’t solve these issues with violence, even if it’s state-sanctioned, is the thought.” Read more...
The best books on Prison Abolition