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Here's a thread for all the annoying repetative questions I get about #PrisonAbolition.

1. Abolish prisons?! Where will we put criminals?

A. Prison abolition is not strictly about removing prisons; it's the idea that the CJS as a whole must be rebuilt from the ground.

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1B. There are better places for offenders than prison. Therapy and education programs do far better at treating "criminal" issues than isolation and incarceration (which actually make them worse).

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2. So then, you're just going to release a bunch of dangerous criminals on the street?

2A. This is a loaded question, and it says a lot about the person asking it.

2B. Only ~1/3 of persons incarcerated are there for violent ("dangerous") crime.

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Fuck. Just saw a tweet reminding us that Alabama is making abortion a felony & felons can’t vote so soon enough massive amount of people, mostly poor & black women, will be labeled as felons & unable to vote. Further expansion of the prison industrial complex & the new Jim Crow.
We often think of the PIC as targeting men of color, particularly black men, but these new laws in states with large poor black populations are clearly intended to disenfranchise & legally enslave more black people.
THIS is why we need coalitional thinking. THIS is why we need a #reproductivejustice framework that sees prison abolition & abortion rights & voting laws as all interconnected. Reproductive justice & racial justice will always be inherent intertwined.
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I finally forced myself to watch @ava’s #13th on @netflix. I know I am massively tardy to the party, but racial documentaries are hard for me. It was, of course, devastating, so I’m glad I’m grading at home today so I can process, seethe, mourn & completely avoid wypipo.
My first reaction was “Fuck, this [the systemic oppression of black people & destruction of black lives] is never going to end. Not until we upend every last piece of the existing systems.” Then I sat overwhelmed & crying bc the earth/humanity may not last long enough for that.
And let’s be clear, I read The New Jim Crow years ago (which is why I felt like I didn’t *need* to watch 13th), but watching the documentary tie these legacies to images/audio of #NotMyPresident brought it home in a new way emotionally for me rather than just intellectually.
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This story is rage-inducing yet, it is the reality of many disabled girls of color in public schools. Given this is my specific focus of research, let’s examine why this is not an outlier, but an often repeated story for disabled girls of color #DisCrit #DisabilityJustice 1/
Let’s go through some trends & then into this story specifically. Note, most of this work comes straight from my book, The Pedagogy of Pathologization Dis/abled Girls of Color in the School-prison Nexus” which I will link when I have space. 2/ #DisCrit routledge.com/The-Pedagogy-o…
“Students in special education have been traditionally been imagined as a protected class in schools, but, in fact, have rarely been protected from the deleterious effects of disproportionate disciplinary actions, poor curriculum, and problematic pedagogy” (p. 39) 3/ #DisCrit
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Wow, that last #thread really took off. Let’s try another. I want to think with folks about how we can talk about #SurvivingRKelly outside the logic of the prison industrial complex.
Many of the people who responded to my last thread engaged in carceral logics saying some variation on “his ass should rot in jail” if not calls for his death. Are there other ways we can imagine justice, accountability and healing?
Prison abolitionist Mariame Kaba has said, as ppl raised w/ carceral logics it’s hard for us to imagine or desire alternatives. The #prisonindustrialcomplex has limited how we think about justice—even though other nations do things differently.
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