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This week, I am going to ask you to stretch your thinking a bit and learn about some very different perspectives on prisons and the legal system overall. As you may have noticed, there has been growing public awareness around the prison abolition movement. Here are some resources for you to learn about these perspectives.
First, read this article (Links to an external site.) that explains some of the background of abolition.
https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/what-is-prison-abolition/ (Links to an external site.)
Then, watch this recent interview with Angela Davis, who links the abolition movement to the defund police movement.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ebWFnGWOaA&ab_channel=DemocracyNow%21 (Links to an external site.)
1. In your view, is prison abolition possible? Why or why not?
2. Angela Davis describes abolition as a feminist movement. What do you make of this?
3. Angela Davis also says our current system is rooted in neoliberalism. In your own words, what is neoliberalism — and do you agree with her assessment here?