How 27 Years in Prison Prepared Me for Coronavirus

Lawrence Bartley // If there’s one thing people who spent a long time in prison have acquired, it’s the ability to adapt. Originally published in The Marshall Project on April 7, 2020. Republished with permission from the author. When I need to go to my local supermarket, I suit up with latex gloves I got…

Displaced and Confined: Impossible Subjects and the Politics of Abolition in COVID-19 Times

Martha Balaguera[1] // The COVID-19 pandemic has shed new light on the paradoxes of our time. Consider the great vulnerabilities of so-called “essential” workers in farms, factories, hospitals, schools, daycares, slaughterhouses, delivery warehouses, as well as in marginalized “hot-spot” neighborhoods of segregated urban areas. At the same time, vulnerable groups with essential needs of international…

LOOKING INSIDE: Portraits of Women Serving Life Sentences

Sara Bennett // More than 200,000 people in the United States are serving life sentences, a punishment that barely exists in other Western countries. I’ve long believed that if judges, prosecutors, and legislators could see people convicted of serious crimes as individual human beings, they would rethink the policies that lock them away forever. Before…

Arrogance and Hubris

Boudicca // This essay was originally published in Scalawag and is reprinted here courtesy of Exchange for Change. Several similar first-person accounts of COVID-19 in prison will appear in the forthcoming anthology Hear Us. We watched the inexorable spread of COVID-19 on World News Tonight. Still, it did not make much of an impression on the…

COVID-19 and the American Correctional System: Too Little, Too Late

Khalil A. Cumberbatch // More than a year after the coronavirus began extending its deadly reach around the globe, we have begun to take stock of lessons learned. From the proper use of masks to testing standards, social distancing norms, and vaccination distribution, our society has adapted well to the necessary realities of surviving a…

Doctors for Defunding Police: Interview with Dr. Bahar Orang

Khaleel Grant // About Doctors for Defunding Police Doctors for Defunding Police started as an initiative by a few doctors concerned about the toll anti-Black and anti-Indigenous policing was taking on the health of residents in the City of Toronto. As a group of concerned physicians working in Toronto and beyond, they came together to…

Abolition Mathematics: The Just Mathematics Collective

In the age of big data, machine learning, smart bombs, and facial recognition, that mathematical science plays an immeasurable—and political—role in shaping our world is uncontestable. Academically speaking, mathematics is somewhat artificially divided into two camps: applied and pure. It would be reasonable to believe that it is the applied mathematicians who are responsible for…

Prison Experiments

Michael Ralph and Maya Singhal // In the Marvel comic series by the same name,  Luke Cage becomes the unfortunate victim of sinister prison science. Incarcerated for a crime he did not commit, Cage is targeted by a racist corrections officer when he is recruited for a prison experiment. When the doctor conducting this operation…

Plague as Disciplinary Project: COVID in Chicago

Erin Williams // To see “Plague as Disciplinary Project” with full-size images and complete footnotes, please click the button below to download a PDF. Author bio: Erin Williams is a writer, an illustrator, and the author of Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame.