Can The Prison System Be ‘Reformed’? w/@MayaSchenwar — #KatieSpeakShow Ep61 11/05/2016

In brief: I have been wanting to dive into this topic since I started the show. Author and editor-in-chief at Truthout Maya Schenwar was kind enough to do an extended, 101/201 level primer on prison abolition. We discussed what it means to be a prison abolitionist, dispelled myths, and went into some alternatives to our policing system. Spoiler tidbit: our current prison system was actually created in a reform effort.

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Enhanced audio: Can The Prison System Be ‘Reformed’? w/@MayaSchenwar — #KatieSpeakShow Ep61 11/05/2016

Links to on-air references:

My take…

“How Many States Have Early Voting? The Specific Rules Still Differ From State-To-State” at Bustle

Vote.org’s early voting calendar

Audre Lorde self-care quote via Know Your IX: “Dealing with Activist Burn-Out and Self-Care”

Interviews…

“”Locked Down, Locked Out”: What It Means to Be a Prison Abolitionist” at Truthout

“Maya Schenwar | When Prison Reform Means Prison Expansion” at Truthout

WATCH: Beyond Reform: Abolishing Prisons | Maya Schenwar | TEDxBaltimore

“Abolish the police? Organizers say it’s less crazy than it sounds.” at The Chicago Reader

Follow my guests…

Maya Schenwar: Twitter; website; Waging Nonviolence

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