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This research hopes to understand justice by inquiring about control over definitions of justice. Further questions also include if and how justice works in America’ criminal justice system; who does it define as inclusive/exclusive to society; and how does the system and those who run it choose to protect inclusive members of society? Examples of the Prison Industrial Complex- such as mass incarceration and police brutality- exist as proof that American facilities of law & order lack justice in equity for all its citizen. Both religious and non-religious based grassroots organizations have developed instrumental changes that push to reform and reshape the system to be inclusive with the goal of redefining and actualizing justice. Still, there are more incomprehensible troubles to come in the inevitable gaps of whatever system replaces the current. This framework supplies an avenue for critical analysis for the current criminal justice system and how it impacts its citizens by utilizing current experiences of organizers in the Prison Abolition Movement. Further, this research critically frames organizers’ efforts in the Prison Abolition Movement to acknowledge potential how their aims at a new system can affect the future definitions of justice.


Work completed during a Charles Rice Post-Graduate Research Fellowship.

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