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Beyond Reform: Abolishing Prisons

Is the problem simply that too many people are incarcerated—or is incarceration a problem, in and of itself?

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The United States has the highest imprisonment rate in the world. But is the problem simply that too many people are incarcerated – or is incarceration a problem, in and of itself? The US prison system, which is grounded in racism and economic injustice, is inherently destructive and must be abolished. Recorded at TEDxBaltimore January 2016.

Maya is Truthout’s editor-in-chief and the author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. Maya serves on the Board of Advisors at Waging Nonviolence.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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