My name is Stephanie. I’m white, I’m upper middle-class, and I really hate prisons. I’ve never been incarcerated, but I’ve been in prisons, and what I walked away with (every time) was that prisons aren’t great, but a lot of the people who are incarcerated in them are wonderful. That’s where the “hates prisons” part comes in. I’m into action steps, so I’m hoping to translate my hatred into positive alternatives to incarceration. I think the best way to do that is to get people thinking differently about crime and punishment, public safety, justice, etc.
I’m blogging about this for a couple of reasons:
- If anyone reads the blog and it makes them think a little bit more about the gigantic but largely invisible prison system, that would be pretty great.
- There are so many different issues related to prisons and prison abolition that a flexible, electronic resource has advantages over other forms of media. Blogs can be organized and re-organized, and viewers like you can do some of the organization. Pretty sweet.
Thank you for reading this much. You’re great. And please don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to agree or disagree or just chat.