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The Routledge International Handbook of Penal Abolition

Edited by: Michael J. Coyle , David Scott

Print publication date:  March  2021
Online publication date:  March  2021

Print ISBN: 9781138354098
eBook ISBN: 9780429425035
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429425035
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Book description

The Routledge International Handbook of Penal Abolition provides an authoritative and comprehensive look at the latest developments in the 21st-century penal abolitionism movement, both reflecting on key critical thought and setting the agenda for local and global abolitionist ideas and interventions over the coming decade.

Penal abolitionists question the legitimacy of criminal law, policing, courts, prisons and more broadly the idea of punishment, to argue that rather than effectively handling or solving social problems, interpersonal disputes, conflicts and harms, they actually increase individual and societal problems. The Routledge International Handbook of Penal Abolition is organized around six key themes:

  • Social movements and abolition organizing
  • Critical resistance to the penal state
  • Voices from imprisoned and marginalized communities
  • Diversity of abolitionist thought
  • International perspectives on abolitionism
  • Building new justice practices as a response to social and individual wrongdoing.

A global-centred and world-encompassing project, this book provides the reader with an alternative and critical perspective from which to reflect and raises the visibility of abolitionist ideas and strategies in a time when there is considerable discussion of how we will move forward in response to what has given rise to the criminalizing system: white supremacy, racial capitalism and human wrongdoing. It is essential reading for all those engaged with punishment and penology, criminology, sociology, corrections and critical prisons studies. It will appeal to any reader who seeks an innovative response to the calamitous failures of the modern criminalizing system.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Escaping the carceral state Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Musselman Download PDF
Chapter  3:  A word waiting to happen Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Abolitionist reforms Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The case against prisons  Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Lessons from the prison abolitionist movement in Aotearoa/New Zealand Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Building movements to abolish prisons in America Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Abolitionist media making Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The agricultural industrial complex Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Watches Download PDF
Chapter  11:  A failed penal system Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Concerning the abolition of prisons from the perspective of a long-term prisoner Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The maroon as abolitionist Download PDF
Chapter  14:  “Dare to struggle, dare to win” Download PDF
Chapter  15:  ‘Help me please’ Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Prison is a place Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Prisons are broken Download PDF
Chapter  18:  If these walls could talk Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Emerging from a colonialist and punitive era? A story of prison abolition in Aotearoa/New Zealand Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Feminist and other abolitionist initiatives in modern Spain  Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Prison abolition movement in France Download PDF
Chapter  22:  My child, questions Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The struggle for individual and human rights within an oppressive dystopian totalitarian regime Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Journal entry Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Queering penal abolition Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Queer abolitionist alternatives to criminalising hate violence Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Surviving domestic violence and its consequences Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Cruel and unusual punishment Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Enabling penal abolitionism Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Barred by the maddening state Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Political prisoner Download PDF
Chapter  32:  If I were a nuclear power plant Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Count Download PDF
Chapter  34:  My prison experience  Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Prisons as colonial relics Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Thinking beyond penal reform in India Download PDF
Chapter  37:  A disbelief in colonial penality Download PDF
Chapter  38:  The NSW Prisoners Action Group submission to the Nagle Royal Commission Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Mestizo penal abolitionism Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Transitional justice in Rwanda and South Africa Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Penal abolitionism and restorative justice in Brazil Download PDF
Chapter  42:  As goes the South, so goes the nation Download PDF
Chapter  43:  The systems Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Security detention Download PDF
Chapter  45:  Abolition as radical reform Download PDF
Chapter  46:  The “dark matter” of justice Download PDF
Chapter  47:  The revolutionary consciousness of abolition Download PDF
Chapter  48:  War, peace and penal abolition in the north of Ireland Download PDF
Chapter  49:  Rethinking punitive paternalism Download PDF
Chapter  50:  Planning prisons and imagining abolition in Appalachia Download PDF
Chapter  51:  Beyond racial capitalism’s spacetime Download PDF
Chapter  52:  Overcoming obstacles to abolition and challenging the myths of imprisonment Download PDF
Chapter  53:  Our values and vision Download PDF
Chapter  54:  Inclusive support: a guide to our model of service for new Sisters Inside workers  Download PDF
Chapter  55:  Abolition organizing toolkit (selections)  Download PDF
Chapter  56:  Reformist reforms vs. abolitionist steps in policing  Download PDF
Chapter  57:  Abolitionist demands: toward the end of prisons in Aotearoa  Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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