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    Prisons are built on our backs

    The colonial economics of incarceration

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    Fed up with being locked down

    Prisons cause irreparable harm to the people inside them. Destroy the system before it can destroy more lives.

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    Evidence of an unjust justice system

    Governments criminalize poor people, and then allow companies to exploit prisoners’ basic needs for profit.

  • 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.

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    History of a Prison

    As Lorna Poplak’s new book “The Don: The Story of Toronto’s Infamous Jail” shows, it’s impossible for a history of a prison to disappear the continuity between one institution and the carceral whole.

  • Sask Dispatch

    A fair day in – and out of – court

    In Saskatchewan, what resources exist to help defendants navigate – and avoid getting trapped in – our complex and high-stakes court system?

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    A new crisis service

    Amid calls to defund and ultimately abolish the police, we spoke to the people who are already working on replacing the police with crisis workers in Canada.

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    Prison unionism

    How a public-sector union became the leading advocate of jail-building in Manitoba – and laid the foundation for the province’s incarceration disaster.

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    Breaking the cycle of harm

    To avoid police and prisons, more leftists are turning to accountability processes to repair harm. But fractious accountability processes are tearing communities apart. How might returning to transformative justice’s Black feminist roots help break the cycle?

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    “Defund the police” means “defund the police”

    It’s a demand that’s easy to understand and easy to fight for, which is important because we’ll need a lot of people to help us win it.

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    It’s time to talk about police in our unions

    Toward an abolitionist approach to decent work for all

  • Online-only

    Disarming the people without disarming the state

    When you factor in the long history of Black people, Indigenous people, and people of colour using guns to defend their communities against police, the military, and white supremacists, gun regulation takes on a different meaning.

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    COVID-19 is raging through Quebec prisons

    Prisoners are locked in their cells 24 hours a day, with no running water and guards who refuse to wear PPE. Some are comparing federal prisons, where populations are older, to long-term care homes, the site of the province’s most severe outbreaks.

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    This is a prison, no matter what you call it

    Activists are determined to halt the construction of a new migrant detention centre in Laval.

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    The dangerous illusion of the humane prison

    The right of trans prisoners in Canada to self-identify their gender is an important win. How can it be used to fuel – and not drain – our efforts towards a future without prisons?

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    Process of depression

    In 2016, Nicholas Dinardo was arrested and sent to remand at the Regina Correctional Centre. After remaining in segregation for most of the last year, he wrote this poem.

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    Pen Pal Solidarity

    The Prisoner Correspondence Project connects LGBTQ2S inmates with pen pals on the outside. The relationships of care and empathy developed over years of exchanging letters are a form of radical solidarity that upends the control, surveillance, isolation, and erasure enforced by prisons.