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Predict and Surveil (2020, Oxford University Press, Incorporated)
5 star

The scope of criminal justice surveillance, from the police to the prisons, has expanded rapidly …

a real view of how police adopt surveillance technology

5 star

this is a must read if you're interested in policing and surveillance technologies, and how to think about technology adoption within hierarchical and bureaucratic institutions. I think a particularly fascinating focus of this book that isn't as present in other similar ones on the topic is the look at police as workers with their own set of motivations: resistance to deskilling and wanting to be valued for craft, a resistance to surveillance of their own work product, of the role of the police union in resisting surveillance technologies (at least in certain applications) because of fear of loss of agency and power. while highlighting this dynamic, brayne does not fall into the trap of portraying police as mere workers struggling for power under an oppressive management structure (a trap that some leftists still fall into). accurately, there is never a point at which that protection of self-interest is described as …

We Do This 'Til We Free Us (2021, Haymarket Books)
5 star

A reflection on prison industrial complex abolition and a vision for collective liberation from organizer …

excellent texts on abolitionist organizing, and organizing generally

5 star

really useful and varied collection of texts about organizing and abolition. I believe these texts are all available elsewhere, but it was really nice to have in one place, curated, and grouped by theme. I found the collection to be personally useful and inspiring, as well as a great entrypoint to talk about abolition in practice with coworkers and friends interested in the topic but without (yet!) experience with organizing around it.

here's a great reading & discussion guide for use with groups: