Week 11

perils of reform

Key Questions

  • What sort of reforms have been implemented and advocated for historically? How can these reforms be problematized?

  • How do reforms expand the scale and the scope of the carceral system? What does this carceral augmentation reveal about the inherent nature of reforms?

  • What is the difference between reformist reforms and non-reformist reforms?

Required Materials

Supplementary Materials


Compare the Kerner Commission recommendations, the Katzenbach Commission recommendations, and the Task Force on 21st Century Policing recommendations. How are the recommendations for police reforms over the past 60 years similar? Are there any differences? How can this inform abolition?