Nonreformist Reforms and Abolitionist Alternatives
The conclusion to Progressive Punishment expands on some of the ideas discussed by Decarcerate Monroe County during the course of my fieldwork. These alternatives are rooted in an abolitionist framework-that is, they are expressly committed to decarceration and to shrinking (and ultimately ending) our reliance on incarceration. These "nonreformist" reforms, or abolitionist alternatives, create a productive theoretical and political tension with the way expansion and reforms were often mutually constitutive in Bloomington and described in detail in Chapter 2. Based on visions of transformative justice, community accountability and decarceration, the chapter is organized around five themes of alternatives to the politics of carceral expansion: alternative conflict resolution processes, alternative decision-making processes, the decarceration of treatment, moving from abstinence to harm reduction, and abolitionist geographies.
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