Michelle Kuo is an attorney and Associate Professor in the History, Law, and Society program at the American University of Paris. She is the author of Reading with Patrick.
 (August 2020)


What Replaces Prisons?

A Victim Offender Education Group meeting organized by the Insight Prison Project, a restorative justice program at San Quentin State Prison, California, 2017

Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair

by Danielle Sered
Sociologists tend to agree that the threat of harsh prison conditions or lengthy sentences doesn’t act as a deterrent to crime. Studies are particularly decisive on the issue of juvenile crime, showing that prisons effectively serve as “schools” in which young people become criminals. In many states, up to 80 percent will be rearrested within three years of getting out of jail. What would a world with a vastly reduced reliance on prisons and police look like?