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August 20, 2023

"Prison Abolition Without the Ethic"

The title of this post is the title of this new article available via SSRN authored by Jacob Gordon. Here is its abstract:

Prison abolitionists stand for an “ethic.”   The ethic rejects punishment of all kinds, as well as capitalism broadly understood.  By focusing on their ethic, abolitionists mask strong arguments for prison abolition -- or at least something like it -- from within more common commitments.  The ethic therefore undermines actual abolition in the name of a distinct and contestable set of theories.

August 20, 2023 at 11:17 PM | Permalink


Anything at all that undermines the bonkers idea of prison abolition is welcome.

Academia becomes more disconnected from reality every single day.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Aug 20, 2023 11:40:54 PM

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