The Abolition of Prison provides a reflection from a longtime prison abolitionist, psychoanalyst, and former prisoner on the history, theory, and practice of anti-prison activism in France and globally over the last fifty years. This book powerfully makes the case for the end of prisons, punishment, and guilt and, instead, suggests we work towards social change, care, collectivity. The book weaves together Lesage deLa Haye’s own experiences—in prison, as a psychiatrist, and as a social theorist—with the simple argument that, if we take the reasons for prison and punishment at their word, we must evaluate the system as a complete failure. So then why continue to support it and funnel money into it?
Chapter One: Why Prison?
Chapter Two: The Abolitionist Revolt
Chapter Three: What Prison Really Is
Chapter Four: Sex and Prison
Chapter Five: No Entry, No Reentry
Chapter Six: Alternatives to Incarceration
Chapter Seven: Recent and Current Alternatives to Incarceration
Chapter Eight: Mediation and Reparation
Chapter Nine: Abolition: How?
Chapter Ten: Abolition: Why?,
Appendix: Statement from Lesage de la Haye’s radio show; Interview with Jacques and Nicole Lesage de la Haye