Read about mass incarceration and the criminal legal system
- Alexander, M. (2010), The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, The New Press
- Betts, R.D. (2015), Bastards of the Reagan Era, Four Way Books
- Davis, A. (2003), Are Prisons Obsolete?, Seven Stories Press
- Kaba, M. (2021), We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice, Haymarket Books
- Kilgore, J. (2015), Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time, The New Press
- Miller, R.J. (2021), Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration, Little, Brown and Company
- Richie, B. (2012), Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation, New York University Press
- Stevenson, B. (2014), Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Spiegel & Grau
- Taylor, F. (2019), The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago, Haymarket Books
Explore these resources from organizations committed to the struggle for justice
- Against Punishment by Project NIA and Interrupting Criminalization
- All Children Are Children by the Equal Justice Initiative
- Prison Abolition Syllabus 2.0 by African American Intellectual History Society
- The Prison Industry: The Curriculum by Worth Rises
- Transformative Justice: A Curriculum Guide by Project NIA
Check out other digital spaces using community engagement to work through complex ideas
Get to know these impactful organizations
Check out the work of Project NIA and Interrupting Criminalization, two organizations that have created helpful educational resources for those seeking to learn more about abolition and transformative justice.
Browse the Equal Justice Initiative’s work on wrongful convictions, long-term sentencing, and the death penalty.
Learn more about the human and financial toll of mass incarceration based on the numbers, aggregated by the Prison Policy Initiative.
Get Connected Locally
Envisioning Justice is fortunate to partner with organizations and individuals throughout Illinois working toward justice in their local communities. Find an Envisioning Justice grantee partner organization in your town to get connected and learn about important work happening where you live.View Our Grantee Partners