The community Breaking Bars! recognizes that prisons serve no purpose other than to allow power mongering and a vast amount of discrimination in our penal system, the deprivation of prisoner senses and constant neglect, horrific experimentations, abuse perpetuated by guard officials and prisoner-on-prisoner behind bars...the list is endless. These institutions have heightened the level of violence in our society, and marginalized people have become serious targets. Budgets for social programs and shelters are being slashed, leaving an open door for more domestic and overt personal violence. We need to end our reliance on prisons, police, and surveillance to solve our economic, social, and politcal problems.