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Carceral Geographies

Abolitionist scholar Ruth Wilson Gilmore defines carceral geography as the “study of the interrelationships across space, institutions, and political economy that shape and define modern incarceration.” In this page, you’ll find essays by people grappling with these geographies in their organizing, advocacy, scholarship, and work toward a decarceral world.

7 posts in ‘Carceral Geographies’

Life Inside

Unsettled People

Prison transfers are routinely used to punish, disorient, and isolate incarcerated people, disconnecting them from family, friends, community, and all sense of place.

Stephen Wilson

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Immobilized Immigrants

Hardened, remote detention centers shape the experience of immigration imprisonment. Yet even there, a radically different future is possible.

Sarah Lopez

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In the States

The Phantom Prison

Incarcerated people who work as firefighters have not escaped the prison; the prison has merely followed them outdoors.

Sebastian Miller

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Building Carcerality

Architects and designers must reckon with their role in the past and future of mass incarceration.

Dana McKinney White & Lisa Haber-Thomson

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Back to Appalachia

They were incarcerated in Eastern Kentucky, far from home. Now they’re free and back, hoping the region won’t build a new prison there.

Katie Myers

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book review

Cages Without Borders

A new book centers prisons in the history of U.S. empire, reminding us of the need for international solidarity in the fight for freedom.

Stuart Schrader

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Vulnerable Places

Entire communities are singularly exposed to punishment. Understanding how is central to combating mass incarceration.

Jessica T. Simes

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