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Who is the Right? What characterizes something as right-wing? Is there even a difference? For activists working on this issue, it may often feel as though there is no difference between the State, the Right and even Liberals. However, we here at PRA believe that differentiating between Liberals, the Right, the State, and the System is critical to developing effective and nuanced strategies that challenge oppression. The articles below offer definitions and discussions of the various forces that advocate for the maintenance and growth of the criminal justice system.
The State literally
holds the keys to incarceration. And, since 1980 and the election of Ronald Reagan, the Right
controls the State in the United States, and thus it controls the criminal justice system...
Oppressive ideologies and systems are embedded in the U.S.
criminal justice system. At the same time, the criminal justice system legitimates and reproduces these ideologies of oppression
that in turn help to maintain and expand the power of the Right, the State, and the criminal
justice system itself.
A Q&A with PRA's Director of Research
Palak Shah, Editor of the Defending Justice Activist
Resource Kit talked to Nikhil Aziz, PRA's Director of Research about why it is important for progressive
activists and people in general to learn about the Right.