Here are 10 amazing, insight-filled, compassionate, revolutionary books about prison abolition that I read in 2013, listed in descending order of how much I loved them. Please check them out and leave comments on this blog, or email us your reactions at firstname.lastname@example.org!
10 MUST-READ PRISON ABOLITION BOOKS
10. Stories of Transformative Justice by Ruth Morris
9. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
8. Soledad Brother by George Jackson
7. Prisons Will Not Protect You edited by Against Equality and Ryan Conrad
6. The Prisoner’s Wife by asha bandele
5. Assata by Assata Shakur
4. Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison-Industrial Complex edited by Nat Smith and Eric Stanley
3. If they come in the morning: Voices of Resistance edited by Angela Davis and US political prisoners
2. Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States by Joey Mogul, Andrea Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock
1. The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence within Activist Communities edited by Ching-in Chen, Jai Dulani, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Also, a plug for a truly indispensable work on prison abolition, which I wish I could give to every person in the United States: Are Prisons Obsolete? by the incomparable Angela Davis. Start there in 2014, as it’s the essential introduction to thinking about a world without prisons. Here’s to more reading and more liberation in 2014!