Prison Abolition in Practice: The LEAD Project, the Politics of Healing, and A New Way of Life

Providing opportunities for formerly incarcerated people to heal from their experiences through critical knowledge and thinking about the social and political systems that perpetuate the carceral state is a crucial part of the abolitionist movement. The LEAD project in Los Angeles does just that, in partnership with A New Way of Life and Critical Resistance, fostering growth and activism among formerly incarcerated women through political education.


Shigematsu, S., D’Arcangelis, G., & Burch, M. (2010). Prison Abolition in Practice: The LEAD Project, the Politics of Healing, and A New Way of Life. In Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States. University of California Press. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/298562585_Prison_Abolition_in_Practice_The_LEAD_Project_the_Politics_of_Healing_and_a_New_Way_of_Life

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