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    We’re raising our rates!

    Thanks to a boost in subscribers and generous donations from our readers, our rates for writing and art are going up, effective immediately.

  • Magazine

    Prisons are built on our backs

    The colonial economics of incarceration

  • Magazine

    On Therapeutic Community

    Why punitive, coercive, and obedience-based drug treatment programs in prison don’t work.

  • Magazine

    How the Prison Abolition Issue came to be

    Roughly 10 members of the editorial collective – comprised of Inreach and Free Lands Free Peoples members, and Briarpatch staff – have met every two weeks since April to shape this special issue.

Current Issue

September/October 2021

In our special Prison Abolition Issue, we asked prisoners across Canada and the U.S. to reflect on the question, "Can you imagine a world without prisons?" They write about surviving COVID outbreaks; unequal treatment of women and men; prisons as a tool of colonialism; and fighting to abolish prisons from inside them. 

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