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Defund the Police: Moving Towards an Anti-Carceral Social Work

Jacobs, Leah A. and Kim, Mimi E. and Whitfield, Darren L. and Gartner, Rachel E. and Panichelli, Meg and Kattari, Shanna K. and Downey, Margaret Mary and Stuart McQueen, Shanté and Mountz, Sarah E. (2020) Defund the Police: Moving Towards an Anti-Carceral Social Work. Working Paper. UNSPECIFIED. (Submitted)

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This paper addresses social work’s place in the movement to “defund the police.” We argue that social work’s collaboration with police and use of policing constitutes carceral social work. In defining carceral social work, we specify the ways in which coercive and punitive practices are used to manage Black, Indigenous, other people of color and poor communities across four social work arenas – gender-based violence, child welfare, schools, and health and mental health. To inform anti-carceral social work, we provide examples of interventions in these arenas that dismantle police collaborations and point to life-affirming, community-centered, and mutual aid alternatives.


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Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Status: Submitted
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Jacobs, Leah A.leahjacobs@pitt.edulej310000-0002-6883-5421
Kim, Mimi
Whitfield, Darren L.dlw83@pitt.edudlw830000-0001-9231-7803
Gartner, Rachel E.reg59@pitt.edureg59
Kattari, Shanna
Downey, Margaret
Stuart McQueen, ShantéSHS239@pitt.edushs239
Mountz, Sarah
Monograph Type: Working Paper
Date: 15 September 2020
Date Type: Submission
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Department: School of Social Work
Schools and Programs: School of Social Work > Social Work
Refereed: No
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2020 15:28
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2020 15:28

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