Issue 536 of New Internationalist
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Jailbreak: reimagining justice
Despite pouring billions of dollars into increasingly militarized police forces and groaning prison systems, they are not keeping us safe. So, what could the world look like without them? In this edition we explore the long-standing, but often misunderstood, movement that seeks to abolish prisons, police and the systems that support them, while making them obsolete in the process. We hear from people around the world who are putting abolition into action by daring to think differently about justice.
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The alternative film review
Malcolm Lewis on two standout releases in world cinema.
The alternative music review
Bahia by Ana Carla Maza; Ghost Song by Cécile McLorin Salvant.
Amy Hall explores the movement calling time on prisons and the police while offering an alternative vision of the future.
Colonize and punish
Mass imprisonment and merciless policing were the preferred tools of control for European colonizers. Patrick Gathara explores...
10 steps towards prison abolition
A world without incarceration and police may seem a long way off, but there are plenty of things we can change on the way. Amy...
Healed people heal people
Writing from a Californian prison, Jessie Milo sets out his vision for a more caring society.
Resisting the cop in our heads
Abolition can be an everyday practice. Sarah Lamble explores how.
Abandoned: Abolition in education
England’s schools funnel its most marginalized young people towards the criminal justice system, writes Zahra Bei. But...
So, what’s the alternative?
Community-based initiatives are helping keep people safe where the police fail. Lucilla Harrell and Amy Hall speak to...
Reversing Pinochet’s legacy will be an uphill battle
Carole Concha Bell on Chile’s unfinished revolution.
Should emergency aid be neutral and unconditional?
Khin Ohmar and Toby Lanzer explore the complex trade-offs made by humanitarians working under repressive regimes.
A child’s right to be forgotten
Roxana Olivera tells a cautionary tale of her dogged attempts to get an abusive, intrusive photograph – taken without its...