Prison Abolitionism, also known as prison abolition movement, is a network of groups and activists that seek to reduce or eliminate prisons and the prison system, and replace them with systems of rehabilitation that do not place a focus on punishment and government institutionalization. The prison abolitionist movement is distinct from conventional prison reform, which is the attempt to improve conditions inside prisons.
Supporters of decarceration and prison abolition also work to end solitary confinement, the death penalty, and the construction of new prisons through non-reformist reform. Others support books-to-prisoner projects and defend the rights of prisoners to have access to information and library services. Some organizations, such as the Anarchist Black Cross, seek total abolishment of the prison system, without any intention to replace it with other government-controlled systems. Many anarchist organizations believe that the best form of justice arises naturally out of social contracts or restorative justice.
Prison abolitionism usually argues that almost all prisons around the world are literally concentration camps, some of them even worse than the concentrations camps of nazis and gulags, and it is necessary to abolish them as nazi concentration camps and gulags were abolished, advocating the replacement of prisons by reeducation centers focused on the reeducation of the people and even on the improvement of everyone conditions.
Inside prison abolitionism there is also an movement called Police Abolitionism, that is a movement that seeks the abolition of police and the adoption of people's squads, usually regulated by the state or by social organizations, in order to turn law more humane and avoid the excesses that police usually do.