In reflecting on the possibility that the prison is outdated, we should ask ourselves why so many people have been able to go to prison without this raised important debates on the effectiveness of detention. When in the eighties, during the so-called Reagan era, were begun to build more prisons and the number of prisoners grew increa  However, the practice of mass incarceration in this period arose a little or no effect on official data relating to criminal activity.

Angela Davis

Are Prisons Obsolete?, 2003

Seven Stories Press, 2003