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For the Children?Protecting Innocence in a Carceral State$
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Erica R. Meiners

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692750

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692750.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
For the Children?

Erica R. Meiners

University of Minnesota Press

In the introduction of For the Children the chapter opens with a community response to the closure of a prison. Local residents protested the closure, stating that the action would harm their community and the potential futures of their children. This narrative is not at all unique, as there are many instances across America of prisons closings being protested. America is, with over two million individuals locked behind bars, a prison nation. Nor is using the figure of the child unique. Child saving emerges in multiple social, political, and economic struggles and does indeed have legislative consequences that determine the rights of individuals.

Keywords:   Innocence, Childhood studies, Racial Justice, Critical Prison Studies, Abolition, Carceral Regime, Civil Death, Organizing, Feminisms, Queer politics

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