Prison & Police Abolition

Prison Abolition Syllabus 2.0

The Prison Abolition Syllabus 2.0 is a vast resource for the abolitionists in our community that envision a world without prisons. This syllabus, compiled by Dan Berger, Garrett Felber, Kali Gross, Elizabeth Hinton, and Anyabwile Love, contains over 100 revolutionary readings, and 17 weeks of material covering prison abolition. Understanding the prison-industrial complex, the history of prisons as a punitive measure, and the emergence of the prison abolition movement, are all covered in their syllabus below.

Honorable Mentions

  • Are Prisons Obsolete (Seven Stories Press, 2003), Angela Davis
  • Their Sisters’ Keepers: Women’s Prison Reform in America, 1830-1930 (University of Michigan Press, 1981), Estelle Freedman
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (New Press, 2010), Michelle Alexander
  • Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Beacon Press, 2011), Joey Mogul, Andrea Ritchie, Kay Whitlock
  • Inventing the Savage: The Social Construction of Native American Criminality (University of Texas Press, 1988) Luana Ross
  • Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, Borders, and Global Crisis (University of Georgia Press, 2012) Jenna M. Loyd, Matt Michelson, and Andrew Burridge, eds.