Abolition and Transformative Justice Resources

Much has been written not only on how to implement a system of justice designed for reparation instead of retribution, there’s mounting experiential evidence of the advantages of these approaches.


Are Prisons Obsolete? (Angela Davis)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Michelle Alexander)

Prison by Any Other Name (Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law)

The End of Policing (Alex Vitale)

White Reconstruction: Domestic Warfare and the Logistics of Genocide (Dylan Rodriguez)

Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing (Ruth Wilson Gilmore)

Change Everything: Racial Capitalism and the Case for Abolition (Ruth Wilson Gilmore)

Abolition Geography Essays Towards Liberation (Ruth Wilson Gilmore)

No More Police: A Case for Abolition Book (Andrea Ritchie and Mariame Kaba)

We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice (Mariame Kaba)

Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom (Derecka Purnell)

How to Abolish Prisons: Lessons from the Movement Against Imprisonment (Rachel Herzing and Justin Piché)

The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America (Naomi Murakawa)

Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families — and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World (Dorothy Roberts)

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex (Alisa Bierria)

No Mercy Here Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity (Sarah Haley)

Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation (Beth Ritchie)

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (Robin DiAngelo)

The War Before The True Life Story of Becoming A Black Panther, Keeping the Faith in Prison & Fighting for Those Left Behind (Safiya Bukhari)

Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology! (INCITE!)

How to Not Call the Po'Lice Ever (POOR Press)

Abolishing the Police (Koshka Duff and Cat Sims)

Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership (Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor)

The Streets Belong to Us: Sex, Race, and Police Power from Segregation to Gentrification (Anne Gray Fischer)

Assata Taught Me: State Violence, Racial Capitalism, and the Movement for Black Lives (Donna Murch)

Coal, Cages, Crisis: The Rise of the Prison Economy in Central Appalachia (Judah Schept)

The Women's House of Detention A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison (Hugh Ryan)

Insurgent Love: Abolition and Domestic Homicide (Ardath Whynacht)



Creative Interventions Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Stop Interpersonal Violence (Creative Interventions / INCITE!) (100 pages)

Your #AbolitionForThePeople Resource Guide

Concrete Steps Toward Divestment from Policing & Investment in Community Safety (Interrupting Criminalization / The Movement for Black Lives)

The Demand is Still #DefundPolice (Interrupting Criminalization)

What's Next? Safer and More Just Communities Without Policing (Interrupting Criminalization)

In It Together: A Framework for Conflict Transformation in Movement-Building Groups (Interrupting Criminalization)

What About the Rapists? (An Abolitionist FAQ) (Interrupting Criminalization)

Reimagining Justice: The Challenges of Violence & Punitive Excess (Bruce Western, Daedalus, American Academy of Arts & Sciences)

Police and Prison Abolition 101: A Syllabus and FAQ (Rachel Kincaid)

If You’re New to Abolition: Study Group Guide (Abolition Journal)

Reformist Reforms vs. Abolitionist Steps in Policing (Critical Resistance)

#DefundPolice (BCRW Social Justice Institute)

What’s Next? Safer and More Just Communities Without Policing (BCRW Social Justice Institute)

Stop Law Enforcement Violence Toolkit (INCITE!)

A Revenue Generation Playbook: How to Fully Fund Our Communities (Action Center on Race & the Economy / The Community Resource Hub for Safety & Accountability)

How to Start Your Own Courtwatch (Survived & Punished)

We Came to Learn: A Call to Action for Police-Free Schools (Advancement Project)

Freedom to Thrive (Popular Democracy)

Agenda to Build Black Futures (Black Youth Project 100)

Police and Prison Abolition Resource Guide/Syllabus (Thinking Abolition)

Navigating DOJ Consent Decrees in the Context of Campaigns to Defund Police (Community Resource Hub for Safety & Accountability)

No Abolition Without Autonomy (Hasta Muerte Coffee, Huichin Village & Lisjan Ohlone territory)

The Prison Industry (Worth Rises)

Reimagining Judging (The Square One Project)




What About the Rapists and Murderers? (Angel Parker)

So You’re Thinking About Becoming an Abolitionist (A Roadmap) (Mariame Kaba)

Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police (Mariame Kaba)

Police ‘Reforms’ You Should Always Oppose (Mariame Kaba)

The Demand for Abolition (Colin Kaepernick)

Why Arguments Against Abolition Inevitably Fail (Angela Davis)

Cops Don't Stop Mass Shooters, Community Investments Do (AWKWORD)

What Is and What Could Be: The Policies of Abolition (Dan Berger and David Stein)

From One Struggle to Another: Lessons From the First Abolition Movement (Mumia Abu-Jamal)

How to Build a Global Abolition Movement (Brendan O'Connor)

Police Reform Works — For the Police (Naomi Murakawa)

Reformism Isn’t Liberation, It’s Counterinsurgency (Dylan Rodriguez)

The System Is Built for Power, Not Justice (Derecka Purnell)

Black Cops Don’t Make Policing Any Less Anti-Black (Bree Newsome Bass)

The Shiny, High-Tech Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (Ruha Benjamin)

We Must Center Black Women (Kimberlé Crenshaw)

How Abolition Makes Schools Safer (Kihana Miraya Ross)

We Don’t Need Cops to Become Social Workers: We Need Peer Support + Community Response Networks (Stefanie Lyn Kaufman-Mthimkhulu)

Pop Culture Helped Turn Police Officers Into Rock Stars — And Black Folks Into Criminals (Mark Anthony Neal)

The Feds Are Watching: A History of Resisting Anti-Black Surveillance (Simone Browne)

Prisons Are a Public Health Crisis — and the Cure Is Right in Front of Us (Kenyon Farrow)

Disability Justice Is an Essential Part of Abolishing Police and Prisons (Talila "TL" Lewis)

Broken Chains & Colonial Cages (Morning Star Gali)

The Queer and Trans Fight for Liberation — and Abolition (Dean Spade)

Why We're Fighting for a World Without ICE (Cristina Jiménez Moreta and Cynthia Garcia)

Policing Has Failed: For Real Public Safety, We Need A Million Community-Driven Experiments (Mary Hooks, Movement for Black Lives)

How I Became an Abolitionist (Derecka Purnell)

Reckoning with Violence (Michelle Alexander)

Abolish Family Policing, Too (Dorothy Roberts)

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

What Will it Take to Stop the Police from Killing (CrimethInc.)

Broken Windows Policing (Bench Ansfield)

How to End the US Prison State Quick and Easy (Lee Camp)

The George Floyd Killing in Minneapolis Exposes the Failures of Police Reform (Alice Speri)

Policing and Militarism Go Hand in Hand. We Must Abolish Both. (Destiny Harris)

The Rise of Defund the Police: The New Civil Rights Movement 2.0 (Nick, TEN DEMANDS)

The Case of Ramsey Orta (AWKWORD)

The Case of Temujin Kensu (AWKWORD)

Prisons Serving as Litmus Test for How Governments Worldwide are Responding to COVID-19 (AWKWORD)




Abolishing Prisons with Mariame Kaba (Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes)

Join the Abolitionist Movement with Mariame Kaba (Rebel Steps)

Behind the Police: Slavery, Mass Murder and the Birth of American Policing (Behind The Bastards)

Beyond Prisons: A Podcast on Prison Abolition (Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein)

The Punishment Bureaucracy with Alec Karakatsanis (

Prison & Police Abolition: Finding True Safety (Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi)

Abolish the Police (Upstream Podcast, featuring Cat Brooks and Alex Vitale)