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The current COVID-19 pandemic has raised significant concerns for the health and safety of incarcerated peoples who cannot, as per public health recommendations, practice social distancing. Recognizing this and its implications for the broader objective of COVID containment, jurisdictions across the world, including in Canada, have begun implementing conditional releases for select institutionalized populations. That something purportedly unimaginable – decarceration – is now taking place in the name of public health and safety poses a potential point of leverage for thinking through the practical workings of abolitionist projects.
This panel brings together activists and frontline workers to discuss the relationship between health, incarceration, and abolition amidst the current crisis.
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- Syrus Marcus-Ware, Black Lives Matter-Toronto
- El Jones, East Coast Prison Justice
- Lindsay Jennings, Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN)
- Souheil Benslimane, Criminalization and Punishment Education Project
- Dean Spade, Associate Prof at Seattle University School of Law
Moderated by Jessica Evans, Toronto Prisoners Rights Project
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