Category Archives: Volume 28, No. 3

Christianity and US Prison Abolition: Rupturing a Hegemonic Christian Ideology

By Mark Lewis Taylor ….salvation is a serious matter – it cost Christ His life in order to free us from our sin. — James C. Vogelzang, Doing HIS Time: Meditations and Prayers for Men and Women in Prison (2008) … Continue reading

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Police Impunity, Human Autonomy, and Jim Crow

By Steve Martinot The video of police stopping three young black people, two men and a woman, for jaywalking, that ends with the woman screaming in the distance as cops throw her to the ground and twist her arms behind … Continue reading

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Black Power Incarcerated: Political Prisoners, Genocide, and the State

By Laura Whitehorn* Beginning in May 1985, I existed for over 14 years in various US jails and federal prisons—about 12 different institutions in all. I lived behind bars through what was probably the steepest rise in the country’s incarcerated … Continue reading

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Class, Race and Hyperincarceration in Revanchist America*

By Loïc Wacquant The single greatest political transformation of the post-Civil Rights era in the US is the joint rolling back of the stingy social state and rolling out of the gargantuan penal state that have remade the country’s stratification, … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Relatability: Assata: An Autobiography as a Site of Radical Teaching and Learning 1

By Joseph G. Ramsey If you are deaf, dumb, and blind to what is happening in the world, you’re under no obligation to do anything. But if you know what’s happening and you don’t do anything but sit on your … Continue reading

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Lessons from Attica: From Prisoner Rebellion to Mass Incarceration and Back

By Heather Ann Thompson The Power structure led by Nelson Rockefeller, wanted to show to the world and certainly to the rebellious forces within his own country – with the advice and consent and affirmation of Richard Nixon – what … Continue reading

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Note on Contributors

Mumia Abu-Jamal is an award-winning journalist and author of the best-selling books, Live From Death Row and Death Blossoms. In 1981 he was elected president of the Association of Black Journalists (Philadelphia chapter). That same year he was arrested for … Continue reading

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Locking Up Black Dissidents and Punishing the Poor: The Roots of Mass Incarceration in the US

By Mumia Abu-Jamal and Johanna Fernandez This volume is a leap into the abyss that is the American Gulag. Our purpose is to explore the origins of the current system of carceral punishment, which began to mass-incarcerate poor and working-class … Continue reading

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Editorial Note

The collaboration culminating in this special issue of Socialism and Democracy was born a decade ago, when I began to visit Mumia on death row at SCI Greene in Waynesburg, PA. We never talked about the possibility of actually working … Continue reading

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Locking Up Black Dissidents and Punishing the Poor: The Roots of Mass Incarceration in the US

This volume is a leap into the abyss that is the American Gulag. Our purpose is to explore the origins of the current system of carceral punishment, which began to mass-incarcerate poor and working-class African Americans and Latinos living in … Continue reading

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