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The Carceral State and Micah 6:8

I have worked as a psychiatrist for the last 15 years. I began witnessing the criminalization of mental illness and poverty very early on in my career, as my patients, many of whom had severe mental health conditions (such as schizophrenia), shared stories about being caged, beaten, and tortured during incarcerations or interactions with police.

A Quaker’s Manifesto on Mental Health and Policing, 6.29.20

Yesterday I participated in a forum with my faith community, the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting (also known as Quakers), on the topic of police abolition. After a period of silence, the forum posed an inquiry to the group, asking participants to spend 5 minutes writing on the topic: