Teaching Tools


“I've used this film in the classroom, and in community activism as part of campaigns against jail-building projects in my County.  It has been a wonderful resource for introducing people to the concept of prison abolition and stimulating important conversations about the role of imprisonment in our lives and our local environments.  I am so grateful that this tool exists and I know it will continue to be a very important resource in my work.”

Dean Spade, Associate Professor at Seattle University School of Law. Prior to joining the faculty of Seattle University, Dean was a Williams Institute Law Teaching Fellow at UCLA Law School and Harvard Law School.

Visions of Abolition has been distributed to over fifteen hundred individual educators and universities and colleges across the United States and around the world, from Australia to English and Trinidad and Tobago. Visions of Abolition was officially selected by international film festivals such as the Pan African Film Festival (2012), academic conferences such as the Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, the UCLA Law School and used by community organizations from Seattle to Harlem. It was broadcast on local access television across several counties in northern California, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2011.