Suggested Readings & Resources

OPEEP is grounded in prison abolition, Black feminism, and LGBTQ+ social justice principles and pedagogies. Please see the list below for suggested books, articles, essays, interviews, and resources relating to our collective visions and goals!

Readings & Resources

Are Prisons Obsolete?
by Angela Davis (2003)

Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation
by Beth E. Richie (2012)

Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)

Decarcerating Disability
by Liat Ben-Moshe (2020)

Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada*
by Liat Ben-Moshe, Allison C. Carey, & Chris Chapman (2014)

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America*
by Beth Macy (2018)

God in Captivity: The Rise of Faith-Based Prison Ministries in the Age of Mass Incarceration*
by Tanya Erzen (2017)

Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women behind Bars
by Carolyn Sufrin (2017)

Living a Feminist Life
by Sara Ahmed (2017)

Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States*
by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie, & Kay Whitlock (2011)

Sister Outsider 
by Audre Lorde (1984)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness 
by Michelle Alexander (2010)

The Sentences That Create Us: Crafting A Writer’s Life in Prison*
by PEN America & Caits Meissner (2022)
Free writing & discussion guide available here

We Do This 'Til We Free Us
by Mariame Kaba (2021)


* = Links leading to excerpts only and/or full text purchasing options. Requests for hard copies/other full text versions may also be submitted through OSU libraries.