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WGST 3550 Prison Abolition: History, Theory and Practice: Week 1: Introducing Incarceration

Prof. Nadja Eisenberg-Guyot


Introducing Incarceration

Week 1: Listen

Lecture One: Key Terms & Incarceration by the Numbers

Week 1: Watch

Attribution: [TEDx Talks] (2016, Feb. 2) Beyond Reform: Abolishing Prisons | Maya Schenwar (15:55). Retrieved from:

The United States has the highest imprisonment rate in the world. But is the problem simply that too many people are incarcerated–or is incarceration a problem, in and of itself? The US prison system, which is grounded in racism and economic injustice, is inherently destructive and must be abolished. Recorded at TEDxBaltimore January 2016.

Maya is editor-in-chief of Truthout magazine and the author of “Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better.”

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Week 1: Read

Week 1: Record

What “story of incarceration” do these numbers and statistics tell?

Due: 8/30

Week 1: Submit

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