“Prison is a totality–something that one cannot escape from, but only shift positions within.”

“Prison is not a discrete place; its force and logic are distributed across the metropolis. Put another way, there is a place that is prison, and then there is a tendency, a way of managing life, that is prison. The place and the tendency are not two, but one. Macrocosm, microcosm. To speak of prisons as if they were separate from the rest of society is to equivocate. What we call prisons are a node in the prison-metropolis that are indicative of how the metropolis functions as a whole, and without which the rest could not function. Prison is a totality–something that one cannot escape from, but only shift positions within.”

— from “3 Positions Against Prisons” (August O’Clairre)

Razor wire fences and concrete walls in a prison

“Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons?”Michel Foucault

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