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Prison Abolition

"Prison abolition cannot be understood through a myopic lens, at its core, the long-term goal of prison abolition is for all people to live in a safe and liberated world. In this way, contrary to popular belief, prison abolition is about healing and accountability, suggesting an entirely different way of living..." – By Kayla M. Martensen and Beth E. Richie

Race and Police Misconduct Cases

"While incidents that result in death are most often given intense media coverage and scrutiny, they have also sparked larger conversations around systemic racism, police use and abuse of discretion, and coercive authority broadly speaking. Public demonstrations, advocacy campaigns, and political platforms have all centered on policing, including the appropriate use of police services and governmental funding more generally. ..." – By Andrea M. Headley and Kwan-Lamar Blount-Hill

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