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By Angela Y. Davis

ISBN-10: 1583225811

ISBN-13: 9781583225813

Together with her attribute brilliance, grace and radical audacity, Angela Y. Davis has positioned the case for the newest abolition move in American existence: the abolition of the legal. As she rather appropriately notes, American lifestyles is replete with abolition routine, and once they have been engaged in those struggles, their probabilities of good fortune appeared nearly unthinkable. For generations of american citizens, the abolition of slavery used to be sheerest phantasm. Similarly,the entrenched procedure of racial segregation appeared to final without end, and generations lived in the middle of the perform, with few predicting its passage from customized. The brutal, exploitative (dare one say lucrative?) convict-lease method that succeeded formal slavery reaped thousands to southern jurisdictions (and untold miseries for tens of hundreds of thousands of fellows, and women). Few anticipated its passing from the yankee penal panorama. Davis expertly argues how social pursuits remodeled those social, political and cultural associations, and made such practices untenable.
In Are Prisons Obsolete?, Professor Davis seeks to demonstrate that the time for the felony is imminent an finish. She argues forthrightly for "decarceration", and argues for the transformation of the society as a whole.

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In Westinghouse is promoting the " smart car/ which minicomputers could be linked up with big A R E P R I S O N S O B S O L E T E ? I 87 mainframes at the police department! allowing for speedy booking of prisoners, as well as quick exchanges of information . . 1 03 more extensive and entrenched than ever before. S. prison system, prisoners have always constituted a potential source of profit. For example, they have served as valuable subjects in medical But an analysis of the relationship between the military and prison industrial complex is not only concerned with research, thus positioning the prison as a major link between universities and corporations.

The regimes of solitary confinement and sensory dep­ A widely publicized example of the use of repressive para­ rivation in the security housing unit (SHU) in these sections phernalia historically associated with the treatment of male within women's prisons are smaller versions of the rapidly prisoners to create " equality" for female prisoners was the proliferating super-maximum security prisons. Since the 1 996 decision by Alabama's prison commissioner to estab­ population of women in prison now consists of a majority of lish women's chain gangs.

It makes you feel dead, paralyzed. And then I started getting side effects from Haldol. I wanted to fight anybody, any of the officers. I was screaming at them and telling them to get out of 66 I Angela Y. Davis my face, so the doctor said, "We can't have that. " regimes of punishment that differed significantly from those experienced by white women. As slaves, they were directly and often brutally disciplined for conduct considered per­ fectly normal in a context of freedom. Slave punishment was visibly gendered-special penalties, were, for example, reserved for pregnant women unable to reach the quotas that A R E P R I S O N S O B S O L ETE?

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