UW Honors Announcements

November 25, 2020

HOPE Digital Book Display: Pandemics of Violence Now Live

HOPE’s digital book display on prison abolition, called “Pandemics of Violence,” is now live.
The phrase “pandemics of violence” appears in Angela Davis’ seminal work on prison abolition, Are Prisons Obsolete? In her discussion of abolitionist approaches and alternatives to incarceration, she refers to “the generalized tendency to punish people who are persecuted in their intimate lives as a direct consequence of pandemics of violence that continue to be legitimized by ideological and legal structures” (110-111). Prison abolition and the related though not synonymous term decarceration can be described variously as policies, movements, and approaches. They aim to depopulate prisons and/or to eliminate modes of incarceration by transforming the often interconnected inequities, structures, and ideologies which sustain them. This short virtual display, created by UW student group HOPE (Huskies for Opportunities in Prison Education), is intended only as one of many starting points to enter conversations about abolition and decarceration.
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