Join us for a virtual conversation in celebration of Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition by Liat Ben-Moshe. For this event, Ben-Moshe will be in conversation with Dean Spade and Erica Meiners.
Register HERE for this event. Registrants will be emailed an access link to this event, which will be held virtually on Crowdcast.
Prison abolition and decarceration are increasingly debated, but it is often without taking into account the largest exodus of people from carceral facilities in the twentieth century: the closure of disability institutions and psychiatric hospitals. Decarcerating Disability provides a much-needed corrective, combining a genealogy of deinstitutionalization with critiques of the current prison system.
Liat Ben-Moshe provides groundbreaking case studies that show how abolition is not an unattainable goal but rather a reality, and how it plays out in different arenas of incarceration—antipsychiatry, the field of intellectual disabilities, and the fight against the prison-industrial complex. Ben-Moshe discusses a range of topics, including why deinstitutionalization is often wrongly blamed for the rise in incarceration; who resists decarceration and deinstitutionalization, and the coalitions opposing such resistance; and how understanding deinstitutionalization as a form of residential integration makes visible intersections with racial desegregation. By connecting deinstitutionalization with prison abolition, Decarcerating Disability also illuminates some of the limitations of disability rights and inclusion discourses, as well as tactics such as litigation, in securing freedom.
Decarcerating Disability’s rich analysis of lived experience, history, and culture helps to chart a way out of a failing system of incarceration.
Liat Ben-Moshe is an Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago, author of Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition and co-editor of Disability Incarcerated. She is an activist-scholar-educator-
Image Description: Image of the author, Liat Ben-Moshe and the cover of her book side by side. The author is a white appearing femme person with short red hair and glasses, light blue earring and necklace, pictured from the waist up, wearing a blue shirt and smiling at the camera with white curtains in the background. The book cover showcases a circular design on faded yellow background. Layers of green concentric circles spiral from the center of the page and are cut off on the left side. On the right sare shavings or fragments that make it look like the circular pattern is being erased, shattered or disrupted by the title. The title “Decarcerating Disability” is in magenta color. On the top right corner is the author’s name, Liat Ben-Moshe in green, and on the right bottom corner is the subtitle “Deinstitutionalization and Prison abolition” in magenta color.