Black August Readings

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis

The New Jim Crow (Intro and Ch. 1 only) by Michelle Alexander

“Constructing a Criminal Justice System Free of Radical Bias: An Abolitionist Framework”  by Dorothy E. Roberts

“A Better World: Transformative Justice and the Apocalypse” by Kai Cheng

 “Love as the Practice of Freedom” by bell hooks

 “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr.


Zines & Pamphlets

Contraband Love by Humanities Behind Bars

Transformative Justice by Carmen Jones

Breaking Bars, Vol 1. by Humanities Behind Bars

Breaking Down Carceral Society & Building Another World by Alison Reed

Prison Strike 2018 by Fire Inside Collective

Virginia Prison Justice Network Newsletter Issue #59

Compilation of Statewide Anti-Prison Organizations by the Virginia Prison Justice Network

Hello by Nastassja E. Swift


Pedagogy Readings

“Humanities Behind Bars: Toward an Abolitionist Praxis in Prison Education Programs” by Meghan McDowell & Alison Reed (featured in Issue 30 of The Abolitionist)

“‘Can a Poem Stop a Jail from Being Built?’ On Fugitive Counter-Ethics as Prison Pedagogy” by Meghan McDowell & Alison Reed (selected reading from Prison Pedagogies)

The Undercommons by Stefano Harney & Fred Moten

Antiracism Inc.: Why the Way We Talk About Racial Justice Matters edited by Felice Blake, Paula Ionide, and Alison Reed

“Feeling Like a Failure: Teaching/Learning Abolition Through the Good, the Bad and the Innocent” by Jessi Lee Jackson & Erica R. Meiners


Abolition Readings

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis

Resource Guide for Teaching and Learning Abolition by Critical Resistance

Transformative Justice Handbook by generationFIVE

“Toward Transformative Justice: A Call to Action for the Left and the Sexual and Domestic Violence Sectors” by generationFIVE

“Constructing a Criminal Justice System Free of Racial Bias: An Abolitionist Framework” by Dorothy E. Roberts

A Better World: Transformative Justice and the Apocalypse by Kai Cheng

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Abolition Now!: Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex




Criminal Queers



Related Organizations

Black & Pink

Critical Resistance

Transform Harm