The impacts of policy reach through generations. Many families and communities experience trauma multiple times and over multiple generations through carceral policies. Carceral policies include state decisions to assimilate, isolate, remove, surveil, coerce, and confine people, especially Indigenous peoples.
The manuscript Handing over the Keys lets readers access perspectives of people who have been imprisoned, and those of practitioners and policy makers. It presents innovative examples to disrupt harm across Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. By presenting examples from each country, this book is relevant to an audience in each country who is interested in what can be done within the society and political system that they participate in. These examples offer possible pathways forward to build safer and more just societies for all.