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A Beginner's Guide to How the U.S. Prison System Actually Works

A Beginner's Guide to How the U.S. Prison System Actually Works

Activists currently argue that mass incarceration not only perpetuates inequalities, but that the underpinnings of the prison system are racist, capitalist, sexist, colonialist, ableist, and transphobic. From the school-to-prison pipeline to the privatization of prisons, mass incarceration remains inherently intertwined with everyday facets of American life. ), renowned professor and activist Angela Davis explores why the prison system is so ingrained in our culture and how exploitive it has become. She delineates why the prison system is no longer feasible and imagines what decarceration would look like in practice. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness by Michelle AlexanderPublished in 2010, The New Jim Crow has been considered the seminal work on mass incarceration.