Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law hosted by Women & Children First
August 19, 2020
- 7:00 p.m. CT
Women & Children First
Chicago IL

For this virtual event, Prison by Any Other Name authors Victoria Law and Maya Schenwar will be joined by Beth Richie, Monica Jones & Deana Lewis

Cosponsored by Love & Protect, Chicago Community Bond Fund, Chicago Books to Women in Prison

Attendees must REGISTER THROUGH EVENTBRITE to get the access link emailed to them.

Electronic monitoring. Sex worker "rescue" programs. Mother-baby institutions. Mandated psychiatric treatment. Extended probation. These are some of the key alternatives held up as cost-effective substitutes for jails and prisons. But many of these so-called reforms actually widen the net, weaving in new strands of punishment and control and increasing the number of people in the system.

These alternatives also enact gender-based oppression, overwhelmingly impacting women, trans and nonbinary people of color. In addition to being targets of punitive prison "alternatives," Black and Indigenous women and girls are also particularly targeted by extensions of the prison-industrial complex such as foster care and school policing. The branches of this country's punishment system extend far and wide -- and the parts that most impact women garner less attention on the national stage.

Please join us for an event to discuss Prison by Any Other Name a new book by abolitionist journalists Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law, and explore the harmful impact of prison and policing reforms on women, trans and nonbinary people.

Victoria Law is a freelance journalist and author focusing on the intersections of incarceration, gender and resistance. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women and the co-author of Prison By Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reform. She lives in New York City with her daughter.

Maya Schenwar is the editor-in-chief of Truthout. She is the author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, and co-author (with Victoria Law) of Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms. She is also the co-editor (with Joe Macaré and Alana Yu-Lan Price) of Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States. Maya lives in Chicago with her toddler.