Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization & Prison Abolition with Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe

Banner with author Liat Ben-Moshe and the cover of her book Decarcerating Disability

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Discussion with Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe, of her recently published book, Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition.

Dr. Ben-Moshe is an activist/scholar, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the co-editor of Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada. In Decarcerating Disability, she combines the genealogy of deinstitutionalization with critiques of the current prison system. She proves that abolition is not an unattainable goal but rather a reality, showing how it plays out in different arenas of incarceration—antipsychiatry, the field of intellectual disabilities, and the fight against the prison-industrial complex.

This event was presented by the Disability Studies Program, the Gender+ Justice Initiative, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Prisons and Justice Initiative, the African American Studies Department, the Georgetown Medical Humanities Initiative and the Human Rights Institute.

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