The Roots of Mass Incarceration: Locking Up Black Dissidents and Punishing the Poor

The journal Socialism and Democracy recently published a special issue on “The Roots of Mass Incarceration: Locking Up Black Dissidents and Punishing the Poor” — this is normally not a journal which is available for free, however given the important nature of this issue, for a limited time all content is free and can be downloaded.

The table of contents are below, however to download go to:

Table of Contents

  • Editorial Notes
    Victor Wallis


  • Locking Up Black Dissidents and Punishing the Poor: The Roots of Mass Incarceration in the US
    Mumia Abu-Jamal & Johanna Fernández
  • Deepening the Debate over Mass Incarceration
    Angela Y. Davis

The Crisis of Mass Incarceration

  • Towards a Happy Ending
    Vijay Prashad
  • Class, Race and Hyperincarceration in Revanchist America
    Loïc Wacquant
  • Racialized Mass Imprisonment: Counterinsurgency and Genocide
    Kevin “Rashid” Johnson
  • Police Impunity, Human Autonomy, and Jim Crow
    Steve Martinot
  • Militarism, Mass Surveillance and Mass Incarceration
    Suren Moodliar

Political Imprisonment and the Roots of Mass Incarceration: State Reaction to the Black Power Movement

  • “We Reserve the Right to Resist”: Prison Wars and Black Resistance
    déqui kioni-sadiki & Sekou Odinga
  • Black Power Incarcerated: Political Prisoners, Genocide, and the State
    Laura Whitehorn
  • Revolutionary Relatability: Assata: An Autobiography as a Site of Radical Teaching and Learning
    Joseph G. Ramsey
  • Insurgent Intellectual: Mumia Abu-Jamal in the Age of Mass Incarceration
    Nyle Fort
  • Lessons from Attica: From Prisoner Rebellion to Mass Incarceration and Back
    Heather Ann Thompson

Prison Abolition and Culture of Resistance

  • Christianity and US Prison Abolition: Rupturing a Hegemonic Christian Ideology
    Mark Lewis Taylor
  • Toward the Abolition of the Prison System
    Steve Martinot


  • Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP): Challenging the Punishment Paradigm
    Mujahid Farid & Laura Whitehorn
  • Prison Films: An Overview
    Inez Hedges


  • Communication: We Must Resist the “Happy Slave” Mentality in Texas Prisons
    Keith “Malik” Washington


  • Notes on Contributors
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