Prisons Make Us Safer: And 20 Other Myths about Mass Incarceration


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Beacon Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

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, Wired, and Bloomberg Businessweek. 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 at or on Twitter @LVikkiml.


"Convincing, creatively effective arguments for the dismantling of mass incarceration."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Law has offered us a very important tool. Her careful and accessible analysis, her feminist approach, and her methodical demystification of widely held views about incarceration enable precisely the kind of understanding we need at this moment."
--Angela Y. Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of California, Santa Cruz

"Law brilliantly uses facts, figures, and moving and enraging stories from incarcerated people to bring to light important and misunderstood facets of our singularly massive criminal legal system. . . . An essential book that demands attention and action."
--Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

"In this timely, powerfully persuasive, and relevant book, Law looks at some of the most damaging myths and misconceptions about mass incarceration. This is a must-read for those interested in the truth about mass incarceration and solutions to address it."
--Talitha LeFlouria, author of Chained in Silence

"Think you haven't fallen prey to the myths around mass incarceration? Think again. . . . This is the book we need, as movements sweep across the US challenging injustices in policing and incarceration, to show us our history, analyze our current policies, and chart the way forward."
--Jeanne Theoharis, author of A More Beautiful and Terrible History