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“The end goal is to not have prisons as any form of incarceration,” student Grace Austin, a member of the group called RailRoad, said at a teach-in called “Prison Abolition 101” held early this month, according to The Brown Daily Herald.
“Prisons were founded in the ideas of punishing the poor, punishing people of color,” Sherif said. “I don’t see it as an institution that can ever fully break away from those foundations.”
RailRoad’s vision “is a world where the Prison Industrial Complex in all of its forms has been destroyed and built in its place are systems of accountability that allow for healing and growth,” according to the group’s “about” section of its Facebook page.
The group’s thinking is aligned with comments from Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, whose recent tweet condemning prisons was posted on the group’s Facebook page.
Mass incarceration is our American reality. It is a system whose logic evolved from the same lineage as Jim Crow, American apartheid, & slavery.
To end it, we have to change.
That means we need to have a real conversation about decarceration & prison abolition in this country. https://t.co/9E9NTAmBNi
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 7, 2019
You want to abolish prisons? Wise idea. We could have the rapists and murderers and thieves and child molesters come live with you.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) October 7, 2019
Good morning Sweet Pea.Please think long and hard before having the abolish Prisons discussion. As much as we don’t like Prisons there are people who really need to be there.
REGARDLESS OF SKIN COLOR!
— Anthony M. Hanlon (@AnthonyMHanlon1) October 7, 2019
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