The Profiles in Abolition Video Project

In this period of astonishing energy and public discussion about the state of policing, imprisonment, sentencing, and surveillance, CR is at work on a new video project titled Profiles in Abolition as part of our Profiles in Abolition initiative. The video project explores the current state of the PIC and what it might take to dismantle it in favor of systems to increase health, stability, and self-determination. The movie, which will be available on CR’s website and used during community events, will explore issues including solitary confinement, detention, political imprisonment, fines and fees, prison and jail construction, police killings, predictive policing, surveillance technologies, police militarism, infiltration, mandatory minimums, and resistance to the PIC to help us explore how the PIC is evolving and why abolition is the best path forward.


  • To revisit a critical, grounded understanding of how the PIC operates today and why PIC abolition is essential
  • To highlight what shifts in common sense PIC abolition requires and ways that PIC abolition is being put into practical action
  • To expand and deepen the conversation about PIC abolition by engaging new voices and audiences

The Need: A Resource for Movement Building

In the wake of this energy and following our hard-earned campaign successes, CR has received dozens of requests to become more involved with our membership, to speak publicly about our work and analysis, and to train people on our approach. CR is an established leader in this movement, and has become a trusted resource for analysis and strategy. The recent swell of interest is exciting and we see an opportunity to strengthen this growing movement by providing an easily-sharable resource that can be used broadly.

Participants include:

Angela Davis, longtime CR supporter; Alicia Garza, cofounder of Black Lives Matter; Craig Gilmore, California Prison Moratorium Project; Dylan Rodriguez, CR cofounder; Joo-Hyun Kang of Communities United for Police Reform; Marbre Stahly-Butts, Movement for Black Lives (M4BL); Mariame Kaba, Project Nia and Survived & Punished; Naomi Murakawa; Ruthie Wilson Gilmore, CR cofounder; Soffiyah Elijah; imprisoned organizers; and more.

Read more here.