In “Prisons Make Us Safer”: And 20 Other Myths About Mass Incarceration, journalist and author Victoria Law explores and dismantles 21 of the prevailing myths about U.S. incarceration. For her book launch, Victoria will be joined in conversation with organizer, educator, curator, and Project NIA founder Mariame Kaba.
Victoria Law has been researching and writing about incarceration, gender, and resistance since 2000. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars and the coauthor of Prison By Any Other Name. Law has written about prisons and other forms of confinement for outlets including the New York Times, The Nation, and Wired. She is a cofounder of Books Through Bars–NYC and the longtime editor of the zine Tenacious: Art and Writings by Women in Prison. Connect with her on Twitter @LVikkiml.
Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator and curator who is active in movements for racial, gender, and transformative justice. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, an abolitionist organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. Mariame is currently a researcher at Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. Mariame has co-founded multiple other organizations and projects over the years including We Charge Genocide, the Chicago Freedom School, and Survived & Punished.