Theme: Life After the Prison Industrial Complex
- Letter from the Editors.
- Letters. Reader Gil Serrano describes why reform and abolition aren’t one and the same.
- More Than “Education, Not Incarceration.” By Erica Meiners. Why access to education is a human right, and how we can rebuild an education system that leaves no one behind.
- Verses. What If. Mustapha, who is imprisoned at Centinela State Prison in California, wrote this issue’s poem.
- A World Without Walls: Stopping Harm & Abolishing the Prison Industrial Complex. By Mimi Kim (Creative Interventions), Morgan Bassichis (Communities United
Against Violence), Felipe Hernandez, RJ Maccani & Gaurav Jashnani (Challenging Male Supremacy Project) and Bench and Jenna Peters-Golden (Philly Stands Up). Workgroup member Molly Porzig poses five questions to organizers with four abolition-minded groups, such as: What is the role of community accountability/ transformative justice in abolishing the prison industrial complex? How do we make accountability systemic or community-based rather than focused on individual people or harms? And what could “safe spaces” or “safety” look like, and, more importantly, how could we sustain them once the PIC is abolished?
- Accountability Road Map. By Philly Stands Up. An Accountability Road Map sketches out a process to give it structure while clarifying intentions, goals and allowing you to get a sense of the trajectory and the big picture.
- Critical Resistance Abolitionist Organizing Toolkit.Two exercises from CR’s organizing toolkit, created by members in 2003, that are meant to help people imagine alternatives to the PIC.
- Alternatives: Instead of Prisons. By the Prison Research Education Action Project. Reveals restitution as another strategy for dismantling the prison industrial complex while building collective responses to interpersonal and state violence today and in the future.
- Architecture Beyond Prisons. With Toshio Meronek. An interview with Raphael Sperry of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, explaining the role architects and designers can play in helping to end the prison industrial complex.
- Life after Prisons: What’s the Environment Got to Do With It? By Rose Braz and Craig Gilmore. How the PIC keeps us from having a truly sustainable world.
- Youth Speaking Out for Youth. By Project WHAT! Youth, with Andrea Salinas. Kids with currently imprisoned or formerly imprisoned parents speak up about their needs and expectations.
- Real Mental Health Solutions Necessitate Abolition. By Rights for Imprisoned People with Psychiatric Disabilities. On ending the criminalization of people with disabilities, including first-hand stories and solutions offered by current and formerly imprisoned people with disabilities.
- Labor After the PIC. By Zachary Ontiveros. Editorial describing how society’s views around labor must change if we can ever have a world beyond the PIC.
- Infographic. California alone spends $1,038,813 per hour on prisons. What else could that money buy?
Thanks to all our contributors and translators!
Prison Research Education/Action Project
Rights for Imprisoned People with Psychiatric Disabilities