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Idle question for the fediverse and the homies:

are there any journals or scholars looking at the intersections between disability justice, carceral studies, and policing? Anything that looks at the prison industrial complex through the lens of disability? Or vice versa?

I haven't read Jasbir Puar's "Right to Maim" yet but I imagine there might be something in there - but I also want to know if this is an area of scholarship being explored - not because I want to or think I can, but because I have questions, and I think there's important solidarity to uncover in the intersections of disability justice and prison abolition

@nemoudeis yeah this is close! <-- this article seems to answer some of the more material/quantifiable questions I have - I'm still on the lookout for publications, academic or otherwise, that are explicitly abolitionist or otherwise committed to restorative justice over punitive justice (lol should have made that clearer in my original post).

thank you for this tho!

@jasminee hm if you want abolitionist content maybe you could search the international conference on penal abolition material:

If you can read French there's the GENEPI non-profit. They're not officially abolitionists I think but a lot of their members are:

If you're looking for an abolitionist scholar, Erica R. Meiners was a recurrent name in my quick search, although she seems to be more focused on education and gender studies.

@nemoudeis oooooo thank you! Will take a look at this when I’m able to sit down a little later

DisabiltySolidarity had a cool conversation about this on Birdsite (link: in conjunction with the nationwide Prison Strike, which was really interesting to read - just drove home the point that prison abolition necessitates justice and care for disabled folks and vice versa

I’ll be posting some links from that discussion (hopefully not many to Twitter bc that hellsite is still a hellsite)

The Prison Strike Challenges Ableism and Defends Disability Rights

“Despite comprising just 25% of the U.S. population, disabled people represent about 85% of those youth found in kid prisons, and anywhere between 40-80% of the adult prison population — with no one actually having an accurate accounting of disability in our adult carceral system.”

The Prison Strike Challenges Ableism and Defends Disability Rights Show more

The Prison Strike Challenges Ableism and Defends Disability Rights Show more

The Prison Strike Challenges Ableism and Defends Disability Rights Show more

A public statement from HEARD (Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities) on Louisiana’s mistreatment of incarcerated deaf people:

“In many states, deaf imprisoned people and their loved ones are deprived of all communication because prisons refuse to provide interpreters and private prison phone corporations and prisons charge additional fees... to use outdated TTYs that are neither accessible to or effective for our signing imprisoned community.”

On disability rights vs disability justice:

“The histories of white supremacy and ableism are inextricably entwined, both forged in the crucible of colonial conquest and capitalist domination. One cannot look at the history of US slavery, the stealing of indigenous lands, and US imperialism without seeing the way that white supremacy leverages ableism to create a subjugated “other” that is deemed less worthy/abled/smart/capable.”

By Patty Berne

Oh joy! A syllabus on mass incarceration and disability studies!

Talila A. Lewis, Disability Justice In the Age of Mass Incarceration: Perspectives on Race, Disability, Law & Accountability, Northeastern University School of Law, Public Interest Law Syllabus, Summer 2016.

Oh thank goodness, someone put all of the DisabilitySolidarity tweets together in a Twitter moment:

@jasminee Rustbelt Abolitionist Radio has an episode called Carceral Ableism and Disability Justice ( that might be relevant even though I'm not sure it counts as "scholarly," but they have a book link written by one of their guests (who's an assistant professor) in the episode description thing.

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