Quicklet on Angela Y. Davis's Are Prisons Obsolete?

Author: Nicole Bemboom

Publisher: Hyperink Inc

ISBN: 1614641110

Category: Study Aids

Page: 24

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ABOUT THE BOOK Dr. Angela Y. Davis’ Are Prisons Obsolete? is a formative work about prison abolition. She explores and critiques the American penal system. The work is especially significant as the prison system continues to grow. She does not call for prison reform—although conditions will need to be ameliorated during decarceration—but for the eradication of prisons and their replacement with positive systems, such as schools, job training, health care and recreation programs. People have an extremely hard time imagining the world without prisons. We think that they are an inherent and unavoidable part of society. Davis examines the historical, social, racial, economic and political reasons and context that created the prison system, in order to "encourage readers to question their own assumptions about the prison" (Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete? pg 10). Davis hopes that once these elements have been exposed it will be possible to "give up our usual way of thinking about punishment as an inevitable consequence of crime" (Davis 112) and imagine a world without prisons. MEET THE AUTHOR Nicole Bemboom is a San Francisco based writer. In addition to writing for the exciting new publisher Hyperink, she covers the best of modern craft and design for the online magazine Handful of Salt. She received her BA in Modern Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK In the chapter "Slavery, Civic Rights, and Abolitionist Perspectives Toward Prison," Davis examines the history of modern prisons, which started developing out of a reform of the corporeal punishment common in England during the American Revolution. Reformers believed that punishment “if carried out in isolation, behind the walls of the prison—would cease to be revenge and would actually reform those who had broken the law” (Davis 41). While this was meant to help people, it ended up growing into a situation in which prisoners were kept in unbearable silence and isolated cells, except while they did hard labor. Davis also shows how prisons took over the institution of slavery, which follows in more detail in the essay “Race and the Prison Sytem.” Davis examines the role of gender in the chapter “How Gender Structures the Prison System.” She finds the prisons reflect the gender structure in society, although she is careful to point out that defining women’s prisons as marginal helps to reinforce the assumption that male prisons are normal. She also details the terror and sexual abuse that is routine in prisons. Buy a copy to keep reading!

Are Prisons Obsolete?

Author: Angela Y. Davis

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 1609801040

Category: Political Science

Page: 129

View: 3818

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.

City of quartz

Ausgrabungen der Zukunft in Los Angeles

Author: Mike Davis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783935936378

Category:

Page: 421

View: 4610

Assata

Eine Autobiografie

Author: Asata Shakur

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783944233789

Category:

Page: 360

View: 9735

The Return of the Lazarus Generation

What to Do with the Dead Man at Your Door

Author: Michael E. Evans

Publisher: Armour of Light Publishing

ISBN: 0981712002

Category: Criminals

Page: 256

View: 6345

--aus der Todeszelle

Author: Mumia Abu-Jamal

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783926529626

Category: African Americans

Page: 237

View: 6345

Abolition Democracy

Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture

Author: Angela Y. Davis

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 9781609801038

Category: Political Science

Page: 128

View: 2957

Revelations about U.S policies and practices of torture and abuse have captured headlines ever since the breaking of the Abu Ghraib prison story in April 2004. Since then, a debate has raged regarding what is and what is not acceptable behavior for the world’s leading democracy. It is within this context that Angela Davis, one of America’s most remarkable political figures, gave a series of interviews to discuss resistance and law, institutional sexual coercion, politics and prison. Davis talks about her own incarceration, as well as her experiences as "enemy of the state," and about having been put on the FBI’s "most wanted" list. She talks about the crucial role that international activism played in her case and the case of many other political prisoners. Throughout these interviews, Davis returns to her critique of a democracy that has been compromised by its racist origins and institutions. Discussing the most recent disclosures about the disavowed "chain of command," and the formal reports by the Red Cross and Human Rights Watch denouncing U.S. violation of human rights and the laws of war in Guantánamo, Afghanistan and Iraq, Davis focuses on the underpinnings of prison regimes in the United States.

Rethinking Punishment in the Era of Mass Incarceration

Author: Chris W. Surprenant

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351692402

Category: Philosophy

Page: 336

View: 3071

One of the most important problems faced by the United States is addressing its broken criminal justice system. This collection of essays offers a thorough examination of incarceration as a form of punishment. In addition to focusing on the philosophical aspects related to punishment, the volume’s diverse group of contributors provides additional background in criminology, economics, law, and sociology to help contextualize the philosophical issues. The first group of essays addresses whether or not our current institutions connected with punishment and incarceration are justified in a liberal society. The next set of chapters explores the negative effects of incarceration as a form of punishment, including its impact on children and families. The volume then describes how we arrived at our current situation in the United States, focusing on questions related to how we view prisons and prisoners, policing for profit, and the motivations of prosecutors in trying to secure convictions. Finally, Rethinking Punishment in the Era of Mass Incarceration examines specific policy alternatives that might offer solutions to our current approach to punishment and incarceration.

Tu Buße und stirb

Kriminalroman. Inspector Reynolds erster Fall

Author: Jo Spain

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3732539350

Category: Fiction

Page: 541

View: 8883

An einem eiskalten Dezembermorgen wird in einem Park in Dublin die Leiche einer Nonne gefunden. Die Inszenierung des Tatorts deutet auf einen Ritualmörder hin, doch Inspector Tom Reynolds ahnt, dass das Opfer nicht zufällig ausgewählt wurde. Die Spur führt in ein einsam gelegenes Kloster. Als sich dort rätselhafte Ereignisse häufen, durchdringt ein beängstigender Verdacht das alte Gemäuer: Der Mörder befindet sich im Kloster - und was ihn antreibt, ist Rache für ein nie gesühntes Verbrechen ...

Allgemeine Rechtslehre und Marxismus

Versuch einer Kritik der juristischen Grundbegriffe

Author: Evgenij B. Pašukanis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783924627799

Category: Law

Page: 203

View: 3655

Cold Killing

Victor 6 - Thriller

Author: Tom Wood

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641176069

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 2040

Victor ist Profikiller. Sein wahrer Name und seine Herkunft: unbekannt. Sein Perfektionismus: unerreicht. Für seine Auftraggeber beim britischen Geheimdienst ist Victor unersetzlich. Doch obwohl er bei der Arbeit keine moralischen Skrupel kennt, geht es Victor nicht immer um Geld. Manchmal geht es darum, das Böse zu eliminieren – Menschen wie Milan Rados. Der ehemalige Befehlshaber der serbischen Armee entkam dem Kriegsverbrechertribunal und errichtete in Belgrad ein kriminelles Imperium. Nun soll Victor auf seine Art für Recht sorgen ...

Die Tat

Gefängniserinnerungen eines Anarchisten

Author: Alexander Berkman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783897719040

Category:

Page: 400

View: 1602

Perfekt! Der überlegene Weg zum Erfolg

Author: Robert Greene

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446438203

Category: Political Science

Page: 416

View: 8801

Wie haben wir Erfolg, ohne verbissen zu sein? Wie schaffen wir es, unser Privatleben und unseren Beruf so miteinander zu verbinden, dass sie sich ergänzen und bereichern? Wie schöpfen wir aus der Fülle, statt uns vom Alltag auffressen zu lassen? Um all diese Fragen geht es in „Perfekt!“, dem neuen Buch von Robert Greene („Power – Die 48 Gesetze der Macht“). Und der Bestseller-Autor aus den USA bietet Lösungen: Mit Beispielen aus der Welt der Literatur und der Geschichte zeigt er, wie wir Schritt für Schritt herausfinden, wo unsere wirklichen Talente liegen und wie wir jene elegante Souveränität erlangen, nach der viele streben, die aber nur wenige erreichen.

Papillon

Author: Henri Charrière

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783538069374

Category:

Page: 581

View: 2660

Being Bad

My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Author: Crystal T. Laura

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807773395

Category: Education

Page: 145

View: 7717

Being Bad will change the way you think about the social and academic worlds of Black boys. In a poignant and harrowing journey from systems of education to systems of criminal justice, the author follows her brother, Chris, who has been designated a “bad kid” by his school, a “person of interest” by the police, and a “gangster” by society. Readers first meet Chris in a Chicago jail, where he is being held in connection with a string of street robberies. We then learn about Chris through insiders’ accounts that stretch across time to reveal key events preceding this tragic moment. Together, these stories explore such timely issues as the under-education of Black males, the place and importance of scapegoats in our culture, the on-the-ground reality of zero tolerance, the role of mainstream media in constructing Black masculinity, and the critical relationships between schools and prisons. No other book combines rigorous research, personal narrative, and compelling storytelling to examine the educational experiences of young Black males. Book Features: The natural history of an African American teenager navigating a labyrinth of social worlds. A detailed, concrete example of the school-to-prison pipeline phenomenon. Rare insightsof an African American family making sense of, and healing from, school wounds. Suggested resources of reliable places where educators can learn and do more. “Other books have focusedon the school-to-prison pipeline or the educational experiences of young African American males, but I know of none that bring the combination of rigorous research, up-close personal vantage point, and skilled storytelling provided by Laura in Being Bad.” —Gregory Michie, chicago public school teacher, author of Holler If You Hear Me, senior research associate at the Center for Policy Studies and Social Justice, Concordia University Chicago “Refusing to separate the threads that bind the oppressive fabric of contemporary urban life, Laura has crafted a story that is at once astutely critical, funny, engaging, tearful, dialogue-filled, profoundly theoretical, despairing, and filled with hope. Being Bad is a challenge and a gift to students, families, policymakers, soon-to-be teachers, social workers, and ethnographers.” —Michelle Fine, distinguished professor, Graduate Center, CUNY "Perhaps more than any other study on this topic, this book brings to life the complicated, fleshed, lived experience of those most directly and collaterally impacted by the politics of schooling and its relationship to our growing prison nation.” —Garrett Albert Duncan, associate professor of Education and African & African-American Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

Reading Is My Window

Books and the Art of Reading in Women’s Prisons

Author: Megan Sweeney

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807898352

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 1312

Drawing on extensive interviews with ninety-four women prisoners, Megan Sweeney examines how incarcerated women use available reading materials to come to terms with their pasts, negotiate their present experiences, and reach toward different futures. Foregrounding the voices of African American women, Sweeney analyzes how prisoners read three popular genres: narratives of victimization, urban crime fiction, and self-help books. She outlines the history of reading and education in U.S. prisons, highlighting how the increasing dehumanization of prisoners has resulted in diminished prison libraries and restricted opportunities for reading. Although penal officials have sometimes endorsed reading as a means to control prisoners, Sweeney illuminates the resourceful ways in which prisoners educate and empower themselves through reading. Given the scarcity of counseling and education in prisons, women use books to make meaning from their experiences, to gain guidance and support, to experiment with new ways of being, and to maintain connections with the world.