Joshua Dubler is assistant professor of religion at the University of Rochester and author of Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2013).
While religious voices have long been raised to abolish the death penalty and, more recently, torture, outright prison abolitionism has largely remained confined to the Marxist, residually black nationalist circles where it first emerged in the 1960s.
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