Debunking Myths About Mass Incarceration

I spoke with journalist and author Victoria Law, author of the new book Prisons Make Us Safer: And 20 Other Myths About Mass Incarceration.

It’s a primer that makes many bold claims: that prisons are working exactly as they were designed as a method of racialized social control; that jails and prisons are not a motivating factor in the purported goal of preventing crime; that jails and prisons place the onus for crime and violence on the individual and divert attention from the social, political, and economic conditions that foster harmful actions. Many hefty ideas in a slim tone.

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