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Becoming Abolitionists by Derecka Purnell review - the case for defunding the police

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

This compelling book from a lawyer and writer who grew up amid violence argues that prevention is better than cure One of the more controversial demands that came out of the Black Lives Matter protests last year was that those in power should “defund the police”. The broad principle is that money should be divested from policing and diverted towards programmes that make communities safer. That includes, among other things, housing, healthcare and youth support services. What underpins this demand is the belief that by the time the police get involved in a situation, it is too late. They...
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