Clayton-Johnson, Mark-Anthony; Samra, Shamsher; Levenson, Jeremy
Allying Public Health and Abolition: Lessons From the Campaign Against Jail Construction in Los Angeles
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  • American journal of public health (1971), 2021-04, Vol.111 (4), p.574-576
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An increasing number of medical and public health practitioners are seeking to address the toxic consequences of policing and incarceration, which overwhelmingly affect racial/ ethnic minority communities. A few of these efforts have engaged with movements inspired by a vision of abolition, which have long emphasized the incompatibility of public health and the criminal legal system. One of the central ideas inspiring the recent mobilizations led by the Movement for Black Lives, an ecosystem of more than 150 Black-led organizations across the United States fighting for racial justice, is abolition, which seeks to end the use of police and prisons as "catchall solutions to social problems."2 This vision, we argue, is consonant with medical and public health practitioners seeking to address the harms of policing and incarceration. We use the 2012 to 2019 campaign against jail construction in Los Angeles, California, as a case study to propose that the health community is a natural and needed ally in the movement for abolition.

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