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From the year 2044 we look back on the changes that led to the abolition of the prison. The prison system described a junction of the most profound issues of our social structures, namely racism, discrimination, class struggle, violence, hierarchy and surveillance. In a society that strives for justice, equality and freedom, there is no room for spaces that promote these problematic structures.

At the beginning of the 2020s, a paradigm shift took place that led to the era of postprison. The prison system and its structures represented an obstacle to overcoming many problems of our society. A change in society was also possible with the help of the media and politics: they overcame the urge to underpin the image of the prison as a guarantor of security and a custodian of evil. The prison system symbolized our most relevant structural social problems such as racism, discrimination, class war, violence and hierarchy. There is no place for such a system in a society that strives for justice, equality and freedom.
A lot has happened since then.
Today in 2044, many achievements on the way to a better tomorrow can be noted. Although many issues of our society are still not settled, the foundation for a world of equality and humanity, especially in dealing with crime, has been laid. Structures in society have been questioned and positively influenced or even redesigned: Prisons do no longer exist. The concept of punishment has disappeared. One had to realize that a better whole can never be achieved through retaliation or vengeance. Thus, the prison, which was created based on the principle of punishment, could not continue existing as a social construct.

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Anstatt Demütigung entsteht Unterstützung, anstatt Isolation greift Integration.
Die Entprisonisierung steht für den Beginn des Abbaus von Gefängnissen.