We at Critical Resistance are excited to present our newest release – On the Road to Freedom – a toolkit created in partnership with Community Justice Exchange. This toolkit provides an abolitionist orientation for approaches to pretrial reform. The primary purpose of this tool is to provide organizers who are moving fights around pretrial detention with examples, challenges & best practices for moving forward an abolitionist campaign – ideally resulting in more wins!
The resource is made up of with a number of tools to use. It begins with a colorful spectrum tool that highlights the challenges of navigating different reforms and concessions with the aim of offering some guidance as to what’s possible, what to fight for and what not to accept.
Next are a set of abolitionist evaluative questions, a tool intended to be used to really dig into the specifics of evaluating the specifics of reforms to help determine where there’s strongest potential for the most abolitionist outcome.
The toolkit is completed by a set of case studies that use the abolitionist evaluative tools as a lens to look at a variety of campaigns across the country. It is useful to pull out the one that best matches your local campaign and/or compare different cases to make assessments and draw connections.
There’s also a glossary of terms to support readers with terms used in pretrial work. We lay out what we mean when we use words like “pretrial,” “bail,” etc, for the sake of clarity and consistency.
The toolkit can be used as a whole, but is also able to be broken up into its component tools and used separately. We hope that you’ll use any and all parts and let us know what works. And of course, make concrete gains in the fight for abolition.
Much thanks to Danbee Kim for the graphic design of the toolkit!