Education, Not Incarceration

More than a century after Ida B Wells led the charge against lynching, professor and feminist activist Angela Davis, through the organization Critical Resistance and national and international speaking engagements, critiques the proliferation of the prison industrial complex and asks us to envision a world without prisons. The day after Troy Davis’s execution, those of us who think the death penalty is deplorable and maintain that there was far too much doubt for Davis’s case not to be appealed are heavy-hearted and more committed than ever to changing the injustice system in this country.

Last year Angela Davis, spoke to Democracy Now about prison abolition. You can watch the video here:


About jennifer williams

Jennifer D. Williams is a writer and professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies. She has published in academic journals and online at, PopMatters, among other sites. Jennifer is currently working on a book that looks at black women's urban literature between the Depression and the civil rights era.

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