What are some of those issues? “We should be addressing the state of our schools, the continuing crisis of overincarceration, over-punishment,” Davis told the audience. “We should be addressing the part played by private prison corporations in pushing for repressive legislation designed to incarcerate ever-increasing numbers of immigrants.” As of late, Davis has been lecturing internationally about the range of social problems associated with mass incarceration. Drawing on her own experience in the judicial system (she spent 18 months on trial and in prison for a crime she didn't commit), Davis advocates for freedom in its truest sense.
In her books Abolition Democracy and Are Prisons Obsolete?, and in her speeches, she expresses concern over the tendency to devote more resources to the prison industrial complex than to education and social services. She is an internationally renowned human rights advocate and has given lectures on achieving social change to audiences across the globe. She challenges audiences to think critically about the world we live in and to come together to forge a 21st century abolitionist movement.