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Beyond Reform

No More Courts

The legal institutions, processes, procedures, and actors implicated in the progression of criminal cases are simply beyond reform.

Zohra Ahmed & Rachel Foran

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voices

Caring Collectively

Looking back on 25 years of abolitionist feminism and organizing in California.

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A closer look

The Evidence-Based Trap

Data-driven approaches to reform can reinforce aspects of a system that’s rotten to the core.

Erin Collins

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Policing

Shattering Broken Windows

For decades, policing so-called ‘quality of life’ issues has had devastating effects. This approach must cease to exist.

Katherine Beckett

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democracy & power

Changing Everything

Beyond electing progressive prosecutors, decarceration requires an ambitious, multifaceted struggle at all levels of governance.

Dan Berger

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public health

Policing Health

The surprising link between Medicaid expansion and arrests levels suggests that keeping people healthy also keeps them from the reach of the criminal legal system.

Jessica T. Simes & Jaquelyn L. Jahn

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Past, Present & Future of Mass Incarceration

social control

End Carceral Social Work

To stay true to their professed values, social workers must wholly disavow and remove themselves from systems of harm.

Alan Dettlaff

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Reflections

Juneteenth and Black Liberation

Our government’s history of oppression compels us to free those Black revolutionaries aging in our prisons.

Nebil Husayn

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system actors

Busting the Myth

Many progressive prosecutors promised bold change. In Virginia and elsewhere, reformers are realizing that they’re still actors in the same machinery of injustice.

Brad Haywood

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A closer look

The Real Monsters

Sex offender registries don’t make us any safer. Abolishing them would.

Emily Horowitz

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In Depth

Making Men Pay

For incarcerated fathers, child-support and related debt create their own feedback loops of disadvantage and punishment.

Lynne Haney

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In Depth

A Future for Susanville

The prison town of Susanville, in California, is about to lose its livelihood. Its economic survival presents a test for abolition.

Piper French

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excerpt

The Problem With Innocence

Human sacrifice, and nothing else, is the central problem that organizes the carceral geographies of the prison-industrial complex.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore

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Policy

‘Something on Women’

Carceral feminists clamored for the Violence Against Women Act. What they got in return was criminalization, incarceration, and more violence.

Leigh Goodmark

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democracy & power

After the Backlash

Understanding the democratic appeal of retrenchment and reaction to movements for racial justice has never been more urgent.

Aziz Huq

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In Depth

A Pound of Flesh

Fines and fees have a devastating effect on Black women and their communities. Abolishing them is the only option.

Alexes Harris, Natasha Hicks & Cortney Sanders

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Series

INCARCERATION AND THE COURT

A collection of essays on the Supreme Court’s relationship to our crisis of mass incarceration.

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A closer look

And a Public Defender for All

We can celebrate the ascent of Ketanji Brown Jackson, while acknowledging that indigent defense remains woefully inadequate in this time of crisis.

Sara Mayeux

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public health

A World Without Roe

The loss of the fundamental right to reproductive freedom will only lead to more state surveillance and criminalization of pregnant people.

Purvaja Kavattur

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excerpt

Canaries in the Coalmine

We must not pretend that the countless people who are routinely targeted by police are isolated.

Sonia Sotomayor

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A closer look

No Compassion

Judge Michelle Childs’ many denials of compassionate release signal a carceralism that should have no place on the Supreme Court.

Matthew Ahn

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Institutions

No More Compromisers

The Supreme Court doesn’t need another Stephen Breyer. It needs someone who can openly confront the immorality of our criminal legal system.

Cristian Farias

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ELSEWHERE on INQUEST

In Their Words

Finishing Sentences

Caits Meissner

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interventions

The End of Public Defenders

Matthew Caldwell

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In Depth

Home Rule

Jessica Morton & Samara Spence

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Crimmigration

No End in Sight

Angel Argueta

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public health

Treating Unfreedom

Rachael Bedard & Zachary Rosner

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public health

Drug-Induced Panic

Leo Beletsky, Emma Rock & Sunyou Kang

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In the States

Moving Forward

Brad Haywood & Andy Elders

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In Depth

Follow the Science

Patricia Richman & Diane Goldstein

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What we are reading

The Inquest bookshelf

Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families — and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World

by Dorothy Roberts

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The Streets Belong to Us: Sex, Race, and Police Power from Segregation to Gentrification

by Anne Gray Fischer

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Borderland Circuitry: Immigration Surveillance in the United States and Beyond

by Ana Muñiz

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Coal, Cages, Crisis: The Rise of the Prison Economy in Central Appalachia

by Judah Schept

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