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Victoria Law on Women Behind Bars: Realities & Resistance Beyond "Orange is the New Black"

  • St. Francis College, Room 4202 180 Remsen Street Brooklyn, NY, 11201 United States (map)

Fall 2016 Senior Lecture Series -

Tuesdays 11:10am in Room 4202 @ St. Francis College (180 Remsen Street /Brooklyn)

Co-Directors Fall 2016 Profs. Athena Devlin (American Studies) + Emily Horowitz (Sociology)
Events Sponsored By: American Studies, History, Crime & Popular Culture, Peace & Justice, Provost’s Office, Sociology & Criminal Justice and the Women’s Center

10/18: Victoria Law on Women Behind Bars: Realities & Resistance Beyond Orange is the New Black.
The popularity of Orange is the New Black has led to a growing interest in women's imprisonment. But why are there 8 times as many women behind bars as there were in 1980? What structural issues are causing the dramatic rise of women's incarceration? Why are women of color disproportionately impacted? And how are women themselves challenging and organizing against prison conditions? How can people on the outside support their actions and resistance? Victoria Law is a journalist and author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles Of Incarcerated Women, for a discussion on pathways to prison as well as women's realities and resistance behind bars. Her work has appeared in Al Jazeera America, Bitchmedia, The Guardian, The Nation and Truthout. Her forthcoming book, tentatively titled "Your Home is Your Prison," critically examines proposed "alternatives" to incarceration and explores means to ending mass incarceration.