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Increasingly activists and academics
are talking about the points of tension and connection between reform efforts that seek to improve conditions in prison and
those that take a more radical abolitionist approach to the
problem and call for the eventual elimination of the prison altogether...
Our language shapes what we can imagine, and by using new
words and old words differently, we can imagine new things. A major reason the Prison Industrial
Complex (PIC) grows is that we are told there isn't another option. We need to use language creatively
to make healthy systems possible as we develop strong, specific challenges to the PIC...
The State literally
holds the keys to incarceration. And, since 1980 and the election of Ronald Reagan, the Right
controls the State in the United States, and thus it controls the criminal justice system...