Manufacturers

When the Prisoners Ran Walpole

When the Prisoners Ran Walpole

When the Prisoners Ran Walpole, A True Story in the Movement for Prison Abolition by Jamie Bissonette.



More details


£9.14

Availability: This product is no longer in stock

In 1971, Attica’s prison yard massacre shocked the public, prisoners, and political leaders across the United States. Massachusetts residents pledged to prevent such slaughter from ever happening there, and the governor agreed. Thus began a move for reform that eventually led to the prisoners at Walpole’s Massachusetts Correctional Institute winning control of its day-to-day operations.

When the Prisoners Ran Walpole brings this vital history to life, revealing what can happen when there is public will for change and trust that the incarcerated can achieve it. In the months before they took over running the maximum-security facility in 1973, prisoners and outside advocates created programs that sent more prisoners home for good, slowing the turn of the famous revolving door by 23 percent and decreasing Walpole’s population by 15 percent.

When guards protested the changes they saw as choking their livelihoods, finally refusing to run the prison, the prisoners stepped ably into the void—and all-out peace ensued. They shrank the murder rate from the highest in the country to zero. Even more significantly, they worked hard to bury racial antagonism and longstanding feuds so even “lifers” with no hope of going home could find ways to live together, learn, and grow—to regain, finally, the humanity that the system intended to squash.

Critical to the work of prison abolitionists and transitional reformists alike, this groundbreaking history offers a real-life example of a prison solution many see only as theoretical. It not only reminds us why people seek to make prisons obsolete, but also recalls a time when we were much closer to these abolitionist goals.

Jamie Bissonette, co-director of an AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) Criminal Justice Program, wrote her inspiring account with the aid of the complete archives and interviews bestowed to her by the prisoners, outside advocates, and policymakers who created this remarkable history.



Cart  

No products

£0.00 Shipping
£0.00 Total

Cart Check out

New products

  • Apartheid in the Fields
  • Racecraft
Apartheid in the Fields
From Isreal's illegal settlements to UK supermarkets. 2020 Update,...
Read more
Racecraft
The soul of inequality in American life. By Karen E Fields and Barbara J...
Read more
Old DVDs for free!
Choose from a fairly random of old DVDs we found here, free twhen added...
Read more
Care Work
Dreaming disability justice. By Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha....
Read more
Six days in Cinncinati
A comics journalism account of the first major urban unrest of this...
Read more
Making another world possible
Anarchism, anti-capitalism and ecology in late 19th and early 20th...
Read more
Black Star 141
The classic black star
Read more
Lumpen Issue 3
A journal for poor and working class writers, May 2020
Read more
The Ethical Slut
A Practical guide to polyamory, open relationships and other freedoms in...
Read more
Deciding for ourselves
The Promise of Direct Democracy. By Cindy Milstein (Editor). AK Press 2020
Read more
The Value of Radical Theory
An Anarchist Introduction to Marx’s Critique of Political Economy. By...
Read more
Shameless Feminists
World War 3 Illustrated Issue 50, by Isabella Bannerman (Editor); Susan...
Read more
Revolution and the State
Anarchism in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939. By Danny Evans (Author)....
Read more
Beyond Survival
Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement. By...
Read more
Down with the Law
Anarchist Individualist Writings from Early Twentieth-Century France. By...
Read more
The Face of Struggle
An Allegory Without Words. By Seth Tobocman (Author), Peter Kuper...
Read more
Direct Action in Montevideo
Uruguayan Anarchism, 1927–1937. By Fernando O'Neill Cuesta (Author);...
Read more
Eclipse of Dreams
The Undocumented-Led Struggle for Freedom. By Marco Saavedra (Editor);...
Read more
Classic Writings in Anarchist Criminology
A Historical Dismantling of Punishment and Domination. By Anthony J....
Read more
Resist Everything Except Temptation
The Anarchist Philosophy of Oscar Wilde. By Kristian Williams (Author);...
Read more

» All new products