Dennis Childs argues that the incarceration of black people and other historically repressed groups in chain gangs, peon camps, prison plantations, and penitentiaries represents a ghostly perpetuation of chattel slavery. He exposes how the Thirteenth Amendment’s exception clause—allowing for enslavement as “punishment for a crime”—has inaugurated forms of racial capitalist misogynist incarceration that serve as haunting returns of conditions Africans endured in the barracoons and slave ship holds of the Middle Passage, on plantations, and in chattel slavery.
Racism and Prejudice
"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
The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is an Atlanta-based public interest law firm. They represent people on death row in Georgia and Alabama, poor people accused of crimes, and others who are the most vulnerable within the criminal justice system. They also adovcate and lobby for reforms at the state level.
30303 Atlanta , GA
Well-written and well-documented book that extends Michelle Alexander's work back into history. The author shows how statistics garnered from the 1890 census, the first to measure the generation of African Americans born post-slavery, crime statistics, and immigration trends were used to create a narrative associating African Americans with criminality -- a threat to modern urban society. Published 2010, Harvard University Press.
From the website: "The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. We achieve this through award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums.
10019 New York , NY
New York US
As described on its web site, this widely read book shows that “by targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness."
From the website: "Prison Birth Project (PBP) supports, encourages, and trains currently and formerly incarcerated mothers and trans* parents to become community leaders within a reproductive justice framework. ... In the jail today, we provide trauma-informed doula care, childbirth classes, family-centered advocacy, a peer support group, and a vehicle for member-led organizing. We also offer a group outside the wall for previously incarcerated women & trans* parents. PBP groups help members to remember core strength, heal as individuals and collectively, and create societal change.
01040 Holyoke , MA
"The Promise of Justice Initiative seeks to reform Louisiana’s criminal justice system and abolish the death penalty." The work is focused on "ending the death penalty, fixing inhumane conditions of confinement, exposing prosecutorial and judicial misconduct, eliminating poor representation of criminal defendants, and ending racial discrimination in the criminal justice system."
70113 New Orleans , LA
"WISDOM is a grassroots organization, comprised mostly of religious congregations of many denominations, which works to have a common voice on issues of social justice in Wisconsin. In all, WISDOM includes participation from about 160 congregations, of 19 different religious traditions." WISDOM does not work exclusively to end mass incarceration, but it is the leading focus of the work.
53207 Milwaukee , WI