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Decarcerating Disability


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ContentsList of Abbreviations Introduction: The Case for Intersecting Disability, Imprisonment, and Deinstitutionalization1. The Perfect Storm: Origin Stories of Deinstitutionalization2. Abolition in Deinstitutionalization: Normalization and the Myth of Mental Illness 3. Abolition as Knowledge and Ways of Unknowing4. Why Prisons Are Not "the New Asylums"5. Resistance to Inclusion and Community Living: NIMBY, Desegregation, and Race-Ability6. Political and Affective Economies of Closing Carceral Enclosures7. Institutional and Prison Reform Litigation: From Politicization to the Governable Iron CageEpilogue: Abolition NowAcknowledgmentsNotesIndex

About the Author

Liat Ben-Moshe is assistant professor of criminology, law, and justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is coeditor of Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada.


"Ben-Moshe outlines how people fought for a new paradigm in mental health treatment before. Beginning in the 1960s, widespread deinstitutionalization sparked by disability activists shut down asylums across the country. Many see this movement now as a failure because it led to more people with mental illness being herded into jails and prisons. But Ben-Moshe argues that this was a pivotal step in abolition by grassroots organizing."-Teen Vogue"Examining decarceration and deinstitutionalisation within the same frame is vitally important...the book challenges us to think about the range of carceral facilities that exist."-Race & Class

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