Warsaw 3 – A Call for Solidarity Actions on May 31st 2017

Source: https://325.nostate.net/2017/05/13/warsaw-3-a-call-for-solidarity-actions-on-may-31st-2017/ Dear Friends, We have been waiting for over a year for the trial of the Warsaw 3. Today, we send this call out for solidarity actions on the first court sitting – the 31st of May 2017. There is also a demonstration ‘WE ARE ALL TERRORISTS’ planned for that day in front of the court in Warsaw (adress: Marszałkowska 82). The Polish ...

June 28 – International Solidarity Day with imprisoned anarchist comrade Eric King (USA)

Source: https://325.nostate.net/2017/05/13/june-28-international-solidarity-day-with-imprisoned-anarchist-comrade-eric-king-usa/ June 28th of this year will mark one year since Eric King was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and one year since he stood up in court in Kansas City, Missouri. EK read the statement he had prepared declaring why he took action on that fateful night and that he still has no regrets. Eric has seen and ...

Revolution and Restorative Justice: An Anarchist Perspective

Revolution and Restorative Justice: An Anarchist Perspective
Source: https://abolitionjournal.org/revolution-restorative-justice-anarchist-perspective/ by Peter Kletsan   Introduction Restorative justice has been popularized in recent decades as a respectful and humane alternative to state sanctioned, retributive incarceration. Abolitionists and reformists alike have praised this model of retroactively addressing harm as a way of challenging the monopoly of the state on the concepts of accountability and justice. Restorative justice sets important goals for its processes, which ...

For a Dangerous June – Call for a month of mobilization in solidarity with Italian anarchist prisoners

Source: https://325.nostate.net/2017/05/09/for-a-dangerous-june-call-for-a-month-of-mobilization-in-solidarity-with-italian-anarchist-prisoners/   A text that sums up the ideas expressed during the meetings ‘With our heads held high’ State repression is the most important part of the system of dominion and one of its most disgraceful expressions; it doesn’t surprise us that those who are struck most are historically those who don’t let themselves be recuperated by the system of power, i.e. ...

June 11th International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason & All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners

June 11th International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason & All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners
Each year, June 11th serves as a day for us to remember our longest imprisoned anarchist comrades through words, actions and ongoing material support. *Communication is a weapon* By now it is a platitude to speak of the isolation and silence that prisons strive to impose. Every week another one of our imprisoned friends tells us that their mail is getting fucked ...

Counter-terrorism unit to tackle extremism in jails in England and Wales

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/02/counter-terrorism-unit-to-tackle-extremism-in-jails-in-england-and-wales Hundred-strong taskforce will examine intelligence to assess danger posed by radicalisation behind bars A specialist team of counter-terrorism experts will be established next week as the government steps up efforts to tackle “poisonous” extremism in prisons in England and Wales. From Monday, a 100-strong taskforce will examine intelligence from around the country to assess the danger posed by radicalisation behind bars. ...

Non-White Female Offenders Face Discrimination in UK Courts and Prisons

Source: https://sputniknews.com/europe/201704251052976704-uk-prisons-minorities-women/ A new report has found black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women face a 'double disadvantage' in the UK criminal justice system, a system which is 'completely broken,' according to the report's authors. Agenda and Women in Prison ran focus groups in prison and the wider BAME community to document women's personal experiences of courts, prison and release. The report ...

From the UK to Italy: strength to those staring down repression – Solidarity Info Night & Benefit Gig

From the UK to Italy: strength to those staring down repression – Solidarity Info Night & Benefit Gig
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/217023282120157/ Benefit party: https://www.facebook.com/events/309403456139852/ About From the UK antifascist movement to the anarchist movement in Turin, the State is seeking to harass, criminalize and incarcerate anyone who dares struggle for their liberation. Our solidarity knows no borders and we will not forget our imprisoned comrades. The need for a London based antifascist discussion has been made all the more urgent in the wake ...

Upcoming Bookfairs where the Empty Cages Collective are tabling!

Upcoming Bookfairs where the Empty Cages Collective are tabling!
The Empty Cages Collective will be tabling at various bookfairs over the coming months. Please try get down to meet us! We will be selling tees to raise funds for anti-prison organising in the UK and will have a bunch of great zines and leaflets to share too. Bristol Anarchist Zine Fair, May 13th Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair, May 20th

The rise in prison suicides is not surprising – even overcrowded jails can be lonely places

The rise in prison suicides is not surprising – even overcrowded jails can be lonely places
Source: http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/01/the-rise-in-prison-suicides-is-not-surprising-even-overcrowded-jails-can-be-lonely-places-6602084/ The shocking rise in suicides and acts of self-harm in UK prisons will come as no surprise to anyone who has first-hand experience of imprisonment – either as an inmate or as a member of staff. By the end of March, a total of 113 prisoners had killed themselves over the previous 12-month period (compared to 102 a year earlier). en ...

Prison statistics reveal big rise in self-harm and assaults on staff

Prison statistics reveal big rise in self-harm and assaults on staff
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/27/prison-statistics-reveal-big-rise-in-assaults-on-staff-and-self-harm Latest Ministry of Justice data for England and Wales shows 38% rise in assaults on staff and 24% rise in self-harm incidents The scale of the prison crisis in England and Wales is revealed by the latest annual figures showing a 38% rise in assaults on staff and a 24% rise in self-harm incidents in the past year to ...

Teenager killed himself in prison after getting deportation letter

Teenager killed himself in prison after getting deportation letter
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/28/teenager-killed-himself-in-prison-after-getting-deportation-letter Ondrej Suha was found hanged in his cell after reading that he could be sent back to Slovakia, which he left at age of four Helen Pidd North of England editor Tuesday 28 March 2017 22.56 BST First published on Tuesday 28 March 2017 18.54 BST A 19-year-old killed himself at a youth prison after being told he could be ...

‘Down with patriarchy: On the social, racist & patriarchal problems faced by women in prison’ – Letter from imprisoned anarchist comrade (Germany)

Source: https://325.nostate.net/2017/03/09/down-with-patriarchy-on-the-social-racist-patriarchal-problems-faced-by-women-in-prison-letter-from-imprisoned-anarchist-comrade-germany/#more-21333 Here we publish a letter from our anarchist comrade who is locked up in a German prison, in Köln, since several months. She is accused of carrying out a bank robbery in Aachen and is already facing the trial. She wrote this letter in the context of the 8th of March, International Day of Women’s Struggle. Down with patriarchy: On ...

Postcode lottery in arrest rates risks drawing vulnerable women into the criminal justice system

Source: http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/PressPolicy/News/vw/1/ItemID/417 New research published today by the Prison Reform Trust reveals significant variations in how police forces deal with women who come into the criminal justice system. Fair Cop? Improving outcomes for women at the point of arrest provides solutions and examples of positive work being delivered by police to tackle low level, non-violent crime committed by women. However, the ...

Four new “Supersized” Prisons – Our Response

Four new “Supersized” Prisons – Our Response
(Crosspost from www.CAPE-Campaign.org) Justice secretary Liz Truss today announced that four new “supersized” mega-prisons, with a combined capacity of at least 5000, are now earmarked for construction. The sites: Port Talbot in South Wales, Wigan in Greater Manchester, Rochester in Kent and Full Sutton in East Yorkshire. Prison expansion will not reduce crime. Prison expansion will not reduce the reasons people commit ...

These Vulnerable Women Were Illegally Strip-Searched In A Private Prison

Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/emilydugan/these-vulnerable-women-were-illegally-strip-searched-in-a?utm_term=.pt9W2j6O#.vbyKPm35 A BuzzFeed News investigation reveals prison officers have been illegally strip-searching prisoners, including victims of sexual violence and those with severe mental health issues. Vulnerable women in a privately run prison were illegally strip-searched on a routine basis, BuzzFeed News can reveal. Staff at HMP Bronzefield in Surrey were not properly trained in laws protecting women prisoners and subjected ...

Glen Parva jail to close in June before new prison is built in its place

Glen Parva's aging jail will close in June when the last of its inmates are transferred to other prisons. Prisons minister Sam Gyimah has told South Leicestershire MP Alberto Costa the 1970s former borstal will close within the next few months and will be demolished. Mr Costa, in whose constituency the prison sits, has been tracking the progress of a project to ...

Event: Prisons, Policing and Radical Alternatives

Hosted by: Leeds Independent Socialists The event will take place at 6pm on the 20th of March at Hyde Park Book Club 27-29 Headingley Lane, LS6 1BL Leeds. The prison system and the police have long been subjects of critique for people with radical politics. But what could we do differently? This week we'll be joined by Alex from the Empty Cages Collective ...

MPs raise concerns over tougher knife crime guidelines’ impact on prison populations

MPs raise concerns over tougher knife crime guidelines’ impact on prison populations
Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/knife-crimes-guidelines-mp-impact-uk-prison-populations-justice-select-committee-a7616341.html ‘We think that the Ministry of Justice should be asked to clarify how any increase in the prison population would be accommodated,’ says Justice Select Committee chair Bob Neill.  The Justice Select Committee said it expected the new draft guidelines on knife crime to increase the number of custodial sentences handed down MPs have raised concerns over tougher knife crime sentencing ...

Boy locked in UK prison cell for over 23 hours a day

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39195075 The High Court has agreed to a judicial review of the case of a teenage boy who is being locked in a cell in Feltham Prison in London for more than 23 hours a day. The Howard League for Penal Reform has brought the case. Dr Laura Janes, their legal director and the solicitor representing the boy, says the practice ...

Three suicides last year at Eastwood Park women’s prison near Bristol Road

Three suicides last year at Eastwood Park women’s prison near Bristol Road
Source: http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/three-suicides-last-year-at-eastwood-park-women-s-prison-near-bristol/story-30191727-detail/story.html Eastwood Park prison has seen an increase in violence Three inmates at a women’s prison near Bristol took their own lives last year, Government inspectors have reported. Eastwood Park near Wotton-under-Edge has seen the number of inmates jump by 100 to about 400 since it was last inspected in 2013. HM Inspectorate of Prisons has reported an increase in violence at ...

Prison Reform Trust claim too many women are being sent to jail in International Women’s Day report

Source: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15140138.Reformers_claim_too_many_women_are_being_sent_to_jail/ SCOTLAND is still jailing too many women, especially for counter-productive short sentences, prison reformers have warned. As of last week, there were 333 women behind bars north of the Border, 77 of them on remand. That marks a drop from an average figure of 383 in 2015, but remains far higher than at the turn of the century. In a report published ...

Anti-prison protesters target new Wrexham super jail as first criminals are locked up

Source: http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/anti-prison-protesters-target-new-12663986 Opponents claim jails are not working, but crime boss Arfon Jones said 'acid test' was if offenders are rehabilitated Anti-prison protesters turned up outside Wrexham’s new super jail today as it welcomed its first prisoners. Campaigners pitched up outside HMP Berwyn on Wrexham’s Industrial Estate claiming jails are inappropriate and more should be done to stop people being locked up in ...

Reclaiming Holloway Homes

Reclaiming Holloway Homes
Source: http://www.redpepper.org.uk/reclaiming-holloway-homes/ The government is closing old, inner-city jails. Rebecca Roberts looks at what happens next As 2016 drew to a close, activists and former prisoners gathered outside prisons across the country in lively ‘noise demonstrations’. From Manchester to London, protesters armed with drums, sound systems and banners gathered at prison gates in solidarity with prisoners and to rally against the injustices of ...

UK prisons ‘holding child inmates in solitary confinement against UN torture rules’

UK prisons ‘holding child inmates in solitary confinement against UN torture rules’
Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-prisons-child-inmates-solitary-confinement-un-torture-rules-young-offenders-institutes-break-jail-a7591781.html Exclusive: Investigation exposes serious allegations of international human rights breaches at young offenders institutions in the UK British prisons are holding child inmates in solitary confinement in an alleged breach of UN torture rules and British law, The Independent has found. Lawyers in one case have launched legal action against the Government in the High Court. More than a dozen examples uncovered by ...
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