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Abolition: A World without Prisons & Police


There are a plethora of resources to learn about the history, present, and potential futures of policing and prisons, the justice system, and the prison industrial complex (PIC) in the United States. Below is a selection to explore.


In this documentary directed by Ava DuVernay, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. Please note: to view 13TH, you need a Netflix account. Tulane Libraries are not able to provide institutional access due to licensing guidelines.


Podcast Episodes

Books about the Prison Industrial Complex

In some cases, the library has purchased both print and ebook versions of these texts. Click on the title to see access options.

Voices from Prisons

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