Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Dismantling Mass Incarceration: A Handbook for Change


Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Dismantling Mass Incarceration: A Handbook for Change

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A vital reader on ending mass incarceration featuring advocates, experts, and formerly incarcerated people.

In recent years, a searching national conversation has called attention to the social and racial injustices that define America’s criminal system. But despite growing movements for change, the vast machinery of the carceral state remains very much intact. How can its damage and depredations be undone?

In this pathbreaking reader, three of the nation’s leading advocates―Premal Dharia, James Forman Jr., and Maria Hawilo―provide us with tools to move from despair and critique to hope and action. Dismantling Mass Incarceration surveys various approaches to confronting the carceral state, exploring bold but practical interventions involving police, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, prisons, and even life after prison.

Rather than prescribing solutions, the book offers a forum for discussions―and disagreements―about how to best confront the harms of mass incarceration.

The contributors range from noted figures such as Angela Y. Davis, Clint Smith, and Larry Krasner to local organizers, advocates, scholars, lawyers, and judges, as well as people who have been incarcerated. The result is an invaluable guide for anyone who wishes to understand mass incarceration―and hasten its end.

"You won't find a better collection of diverse perspectives regarding how to respond to the crisis of mass incarceration―ranging from reform to abolition―than what's offered here." ―Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

"This extraordinary collection by our nation’s most brilliant thinkers on punishment, policing and prisons is exactly the blueprint for making a just society that we have all been waiting for and desperately need." ―Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Blood in the Water

Editor: Premal Dharia / James Forman Jr. / Maria Hawilo
Publisher: FSG Originals
Page Count: 496pp
Size: 5.25 x 8.25 x 1.25
Notes: hardcover
Date of Publication: June 6, 2023
ISBN: 978-0374614485