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Brown University Students Push To Abolish All Prisons, Says They're Racist and Unjust


Added 11-23-19 12:45:02pm EST - “A group of Brown University students wants to abolish prisons in the name of justice.” - Westernjournal.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Westernjournal.com: “Brown University Students Push To Abolish All Prisons, Says They're Racist and Unjust”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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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.

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