In this book, Davis examines the expanding power of prosecutors, from mandatory minimum sentencing laws that enhance prosecutorial control over the outcome of cases to the increasing politicization of the office. Drawing on her dozen years of experience as a public defender, Davis demonstrates how the everyday, legal exercise of prosecutorial discretion is responsible for tremendous inequities in criminal justice.
Remaining contemporary, this 2003 book explores the drivers of mass incarceration, including the roles played by race, gender, and profit, and posits a new abolition movement.
Critical Resistance is a national prison abolition organization. They seek "to end Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe." Critical Resistance publishes a quarterly bilingual journal, The Abolitionist, "which is written mostly by prisoners, former prisoners, and community advocates." The Abolitionist can be found at https://abolitionistpaper.wordpress.com/
Inglewood, Oakland, New York, Portland
Book about young black men living in inner city Philadelphia. (2014)
"The Prison Justice League (PJL) works to improve conditions in Texas prisons through litigation, advocacy, and by empowering [their] members. PJL was founded in 2013 to address conditions of confinement in Texas prisons, protect the civil rights of the incarcerated, and offer an opportunity for the voices of prisoners to be heard on the issues that affect them the most. [The] organization is a member-based organization made up of prisoners from state-run prisons across Texas."
78765 Austin , TX
"Smart Justice Spokane is a broad, diverse coalition of more than 30 organizations, community members, and criminal justice professionals who have come together to advocate for reform of our expensive, ineffective, and unfair criminal justice system."
99201 Spokane , WA
Author Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses the Moynihan report on "The Negro Family", and looks back at its conclusions in the context of the evolution of the carceral state and the effects on the African-American family.
Author argues that Civil Rights-era liberalism laid the foundations for the American carceral state. She taces the historical trajectory of race and imprisonment from the 1940s to the present.
2014 study of the causes of mass incarceration