Policing & Incarceration

Anti-Racism Resource Guide: Policing & Incarceration

Top Marble Picks:

  • "The Death of George Floyd, In Context" (Jelani Cobb, Article)
  • The End of Policing (Alex S. Vitale, Book)
  • Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color (Andrea Ritchie, Book)
  • “13th" (Ava Duvernay by Netflix, Documentary)
  • "Just Mercy" (Bryan Stevenson, Film)

Articles

Mass Incarceration in America, Explained in 22 Maps and Charts
Lopez, German
2016, Vox
https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/2015/7/13/8913297/mass-incarceration-maps-charts

In New York, Major Crime Complaints fell when Cops took a break from "Proactive Policing"
Khan, Amina
2017, Los Angeles Times
https://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-proactive-policing-crime-20170925-story.html?_amp=true

*Why You Can't Blame Mass Incarceration on the War on Drugs
Lopez, German
2017, Vox
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/30/15591700/mass-incarceration-john-pfaff-locked-in

What is Rikers Island?
Schwirtz, Michael
2017, The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/nyregion/rikers-island-prison-new-york.html

We Know That Prison Doesn't Work. So What are the Alternatives?
Bartle, Jarryd
2019, The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/16/we-know-that-prison-doesnt-work-so-what-are-the-alternatives

Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind
Kushner, Rachel
2019, The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/17/magazine/prison-abolition-ruth-wilson-gilmore.html

*The Police Can't Solve the Problem. They are the Problem.
Purnell, Derecka, & Marbre Stahly-Butts
2019, The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/26/opinion/the-police-cant-solve-the-problem-they-are-the-problem.html

More Cops, Is It the Answer to Fighting Crime?
Weichselbaum, Simone, & Wendi C. Thomas
2019, USA Today
https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/2818056002

The Death of George Floyd, In Context
Cobb, Jelani
2020, The New Yorker
https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-death-of-george-floyd-in-context

Growing the LAPD was Gospel at City Hall. George Floyd Changed That
Rainey, James, Dakota Smith, & Cindy Chang
2020, Los Angeles Times
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-05/eric-garcetti-lapd-budget-cuts-10000-officers-protests?_amp=true

1,034 People Have Been Shot and Killed by Police in the Past Year
The Washington Post
2020, The Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/investigations/police-shootings-database/

*Black Lives Matter Activism is Working
Yglesias, Matthew
2020, Vox
https://www.vox.com/2020/6/2/21276472/police-killing-statistics-african-american

Books

Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California
Gilmore, Ruth Wilson
2007

*The New Jim Crow
Alexander, Michelle
2010

*Are Prisons Obsolete?
Davis, Angela Y.
2011

*Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Stevenson, Bryan
2014

Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter
Camp, Jordan T., & Christina Heatherton
2016

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color
Ritchie, Andrea
2017

The End of Policing
Vitale, Alex S.
2017

Chokehold: Policing Black Men
Butler, Paul
2018

Documentaries

13th
DuVernay, Ava
2016, Netflix

*Time: The Kalief Browder Story
Carter, Shawn "Jay-Z", Rose Schlossberg, Mark Konkol, & Julia Willoughby-Nason
2017, Netflix

Podcast

Justice in America
Smith, Clint, & Josie Duffy Rice
2020, The Appeal
https://theappeal.org/topics/justice-in-america/

Videos

Michelle Alexander on the New Jim Crow, at Union Theological Seminary
Alexander, Michelle
2015, YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T79I1PLT5Ks

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
Davis, Kate, & David Heilbroner
2015, HBO
https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/say-her-name-the-life-and-death-of-sandra-bland

A Conversation Between Michelle Alexander & Angela Davis
Davis, Angela, & Michelle Alexander
2017, YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixX4HfOiVPo

*American Son
Demos-Brown, Christopher, & Kenny Leon
2019, Netflix

When They See Us
DuVernay, Ava, Julian Breece, et al
2019, Netflix

Just Mercy
Stevenson, Bryan, Destin Daniel Cretton, et al
2019
https://www.justmercyfilm.com

Defund Police: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Says Budgets Wrongly Prioritize Cops Over Schools, Hospitals
Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta
2020, Democracy Now!
https://www.democracynow.org/2020/6/1/keeanga_yamahtta_taylor_defund_us_police

*Highly Recommended