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 … More

The three lives in this creative nonfiction account are united by the presence of actual harm—sometimes horrific violence….Together they explore the questions: People can do unimaginable things to one another—and then what? What do we as a society do? What might redemption look like?

Imarisha doesn’t flinch as she guides us through the difficulties and contradictions, eschewing theory for a much messier reality. The … More

What a fine thing capital punishment is! Dead men never repent; dead men never bring awkward stories to light. The prospect of the gallows, too, makes them hardy & bold. Ah, it’s a fine thing for the trade! Five of them strung up in a row, & none left to play booty or turn white-livered!

Died #OTD 1870, Charles Dickens. Starved and mistreated, empty bowl in hand, the young hero musters the courage to approach … More