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Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom

This book is about Derecka Purnell
In "Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom," Derecka Purnell challenges the notion that police reform is sufficient, artfully weaving her journey from a skeptical lawyer to a steadfast abolitionist. Published on October 5, 2021, and celebrated as a "Best Book of 2021" by Kirkus Reviews, this insightful narrative captures the heart of a movement that seeks not just to reform, but to wholly transform how justice is administered. Purnell’s experiences, from the painful realities of her hometown St. Louis to global movements from Ferguson to South Africa, underscore a powerful message: abolition is not merely about dismantling, but about radically reimagining solutions to societal harm. Ideal for college readers, this book delves deep into the realms of criminal justice reform, urging an embrace of revolutionary love and systemic change as tools to forge a safer, more equitable society. Engage with Purnell’s compelling call—to envision a world where safety is created not through force, but through community and care.
Published by Astra House on October 5, 2021
288 pages
ISBN: 9781662600517
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