Gender Violence, the Carceral State, and the Politics of Solidarity

Deborah M. Weissman - University of North Carolina School of Law
Vol. 55
December 2021
Page 801

These considerations provide the framework of this Article: to examine the ways that crimes of gender violence can be accommodated within criminal legal system reform campaigns and included in the broader struggle for social justice, all at a time of a shifting cultural response to crime. This Article argues that anti-carceral proponents must consider responses to gender violence within the larger criminal legal reform movement. These proponents must also remain mindful that the critique of the legal system regarding gender violence must offer, as Amna Akbar has enjoined, “practical ladders to radical visions.” Stated otherwise, “[a]ll theory must end in practice or come to nothing in theory.”

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