The New York Times Magazine Profiles Prison Abolition Activist Ruth Wilson Gilmore
April 22, 2019 In the Press
For The New York Times Magazine, Rachel Kushner profiles Ruth Wilson Gilmore, the activist and scholar who has spent decades advocating for prison abolition.
If prison, in its philosophical origin, was meant as a humane alternative to beatings or torture or death, it has transformed into a fixed feature of modern life, one that is not known, even by its supporters and administrators, for its humanity. In the United States, we now have more than two million incarcerated people, a majority of them black or brown, virtually all of them from poor communities. Prisons not only have violated human rights and failed at rehabilitation; it’s not even clear that prisons deter crime or increase public safety.
Read the full profile here.