Victoria Law with Cesar Garcia Hernandez - Race in America Mini-Series (Online Event)

Victoria Law
with Cesar Garcia Hernandez

"Prisons Make Us Safer"

Thurs., February 24, 2022 • 5:30pm PT

Online Event

This event will be hosted online by Book Passage. Please contact with questions regarding online events.

In honor of Black History Month and recognizing the importance of uplifting diverse voices and stories now and throughout the year, we are presenting our Annual Race in America event. Although in years past it has been as a one night panel event, for 2022, we will host a mini series of sort. This will include three consecutive nights (February 22- 24 @ 5:30pm PST) of provocative discussions around timely issues impacting Black communities and featuring BIPOC authors, with particular expertise.

Additionally, we have other special presentations that are part of our “Conversations with Authors” program as tribute to Black History Month. This includes former Stockton mayor, Michael Tubbs who is is currently serving as a special adviser for economic mobility and opportunity for Governor Gavin Newsom, and Elizabeth Nyamayaro. Elizabeth is author of I am a Girl From Africa, and an award-winning humanitarian and Special Advisor for United Nations World Food Program. Check the Book Passage calendar for event details.

An accessible guide for activists, educators, and all who are interested in understanding how the prison system oppresses communities and harms individuals.

The United States incarcerates more of its residents than any other nation. Though home to 5% of the global population, the United States has nearly 25% of the world’s prisoners—a total of over 2 million people. This number continues to steadily rise. Over the past 40 years, the number of people behind bars in the United States has increased by 500%.

Journalist Victoria Law explains how racism and social control were the catalysts for mass incarceration and have continued to be its driving force: from the post-Civil War laws that states passed to imprison former slaves, to the laws passed under the “War Against Drugs” campaign that disproportionately imprison Black people.


César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is a professor of law at the University of Denver and an immigration lawyer. He runs the blog and regularly speaks on immigration issues. He has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, the BBC, and many other media outlets. A native of McAllen, TX, a city at the heart of the American immigration debate, he now lives in Denver.


Victoria Law photo courtesy of the author; César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández photo courtesy of the author



“Prisons Make Us Safer”: And 20 Other Myths about Mass Incarceration (Myths Made in America) By Victoria Law Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807029527
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Published: Beacon Press - April 6th, 2021