“The carceral state goes beyond jails and prisons, so if we want to abolish the cops in our head and our hearts, we need to identify the ways they exist and build alternatives. To those ends, I looked at abolition through a disability justice lens and identified some of the ways disabled people are affected by the carceral systems, not just in jail and prison but other manifestations of the carceral state like doctors, social workers, and other individuals and institutions. I also hope to make clear that abolition is a disability issue, which means that mainstream disability rights organizations should also be involved in the fight to abolish police and prisons.” More in this article on “Disability Justice and Abolition” by Katie Tastrom from NLG News
“Lawsuit: She used a walker and wheelchair to get around; the prison sent her to solitary confinement”
Irene Archer, 67, was sent to Grants prison partially to accommodate her needs for specialized medical care, because the institution has a long-term care unit.