2017/02/25

BOOK REVIEW:
ARE PRISONS OBSOLETE? BY ANGELA Y. DAVIS

Title: Are Prisons Obsolete?
Author: Angela Y. Davis
Published: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 128
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
This book discusses the abolishment of the prison system as it is in America today and how the time for the prison is nearing an end.


Review:
This was quite an interesting book.

Davis is a massively intelligent women and when one knows who she is and a bit about her life, it makes her thoughts on this matter all the more interesting. I especially enjoyed the parts that dealt with race and gender. The book is very well written, eloquent and powerful.

I can't help but compare this book to The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, which I read a while back, as that book is basically an expanded version of this. I feel like this serves as a good introduction to the thought of abolishing the prison system in America, but for me, who has read quite a lot about this, it wasn't anything new.

New to me or not, this was well worth the read and I think it's a great book. If you're new to this topic, I would especially recommend it, but if not, it's still worth checking out.
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