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Abolition Now

If there is any benefit to the collective trauma of a global pandemic, perhaps it lies in the revelation of things heretofore unseen—in affording us the opportunity to take seriously things we’ve not previously made time for. Yet while fresh vision is a useful start, this second sight must be paired with action equal to the challenges of our extended moment. Before the pandemic, for example, the United States counted 924,000 hospital beds, but had upwards of 2.3 million prison beds, more than double the number at our disposal for receiving sick patients.