Radical simply means 'grasping things at the root.'
- Angela Davis
abolition means that we must think about what methods will produce decarceration and the possibility of a landscape where other means are used to address harm, where social problems, such as illiteracy and povery, do not cast numbers of people along a trajectory that leads to prison.
we are in a situation where prison reform and prison development are linked. progress in prison reform has led prisons to become increasingly impermeable to change, building bigger and "Better" prisons. without a radical position, prisons expand.
law enforcement determines who gets caught and who goes to prison. many people commit acts that, if discovered, would result in prison sentences, but police do not target their communities. It is critical that we reanalyze how "crime" is linked to social structures.