Fight Prison Expansion Campaign Tour of the Midlands this December

Fight Prison Expansion Campaign Tour of the Midlands this December
Community Action on Prison Expansion are in the Midlands this December talking about prison expansion in the region. Meeting Dates and Locations Northampton When: Monday 5th December 2016 6-8pm Where: The Coffee Lounge, 10 Kingsley Park Terrace, Northampton NN2 7HG Full info: http://www.cape-campaign.org/public-meeting-about-opposing-the-new-prison-in-wellingborough/ Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1764200887178631/ Leicester When: Tuesday 6th December 2016 7 - 11pm Where: Duffy's Bar, 18 Pocklingtons Walk, Leicester, LE1 6BU Full info: http://www.cape-campaign.org/film-showing-discussion-in-leicester/ Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/545718008954973 Birmingham When: ...

Why there is such an enormous demand for drugs in British prisons

Source: http://theconversation.com/why-there-is-such-an-enormous-demand-for-drugs-in-british-prisons-73004 The BBC’s Panorama documentary on HMP Northumberland recently put the problem of drug taking in prisons firmly under the spotlight. The terrible harms that psychoactive drugs create for both prisoners and prison officers were laid bare – secretly recorded footage showed prisoners overdosing on drugs, prisoners threatening an officer with a weapon, and one prison officer requiring hospital treatment ...

Prisoner dies after ‘drug overdose’ at HMP Forest Bank in Salford

Prisoner dies after ‘drug overdose’ at HMP Forest Bank in Salford
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jan/30/hmp-forest-bank-prisoner-dies-suspected-drug-overdose-spice-greater-manchester Death at prison which was under pressure to tackle use of new psychoactive substances is 16th in England and Wales in a month. The suspected overdose will prompt further warnings that the Prison Service is in crisis after three large-scale riots last year. A prisoner has died after a suspected drug overdose at Forest Bank prison in Greater Manchester. The inmate ...

With just weeks before Wrexham prison opens former probation chief calls for inmate numbers to be kept down

With just weeks before Wrexham prison opens former probation chief calls for inmate numbers to be kept down
Source: http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/just-weeks-before-wrexham-prison-12518161 A former probation chief has urged the courts and prison bosses not to overcrowd the new Wrexham jail as suicides, assaults and self-harm among inmates across England and Wales reach record levels. In less than a month’s time the UK’s biggest jail, HMP Berywn on Wrexham Industrial Estate, that cost £212m, will accept its first prisoners. This week figures have shown ...

Podcast: Is Greater Manchester set for a ‘mega-jail’?

Source: http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/300176422-listen-greater-manchester-set-%E2%80%98mega-jail%E2%80%99 Is Greater Manchester on the verge of building a ‘mega-prison’? Following initial plans made by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in July of last year to potentially build a new prison in the region, there has been outcry among residents, protest groups and professionals alike as to whether this type of plan is sustainable. The prison system as a whole has ...

Calls to reduce prison population as suicide, assaults and self-harm stats soar

Source: http://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2017/01/26/prisons-seeing-record-levels-of-suicides-self-harming-and-violence/ The scale of the prisons safety crisis has been laid bare as official figures revealed suicides, assaults and self-harm behind bars have all surged to new record levels. There were 354 deaths behind bars in England and Wales last year, including 119 which were apparently self-inflicted. Self-harm incidents jumped by nearly a quarter, while there were more than 25,000 assaults in ...

Deaths double in Midland prisons

Deaths double in Midland prisons
Source: http://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-news/2017/01/28/prison-deaths-double-in-midland-jails/ The number of deaths in prisons across the West Midlands and Staffordshire has more than doubled, new figures show. A total of 23 inmates lost their lives inside in 2016, compared to just 10 the year before. HMP Birmingham and HMP Oakwood, the two G4S-run prisons, had the highest death count with seven and six respectively. Other deaths included five at HMP ...

Empty Cages Collective Workshop at Lancaster University

Empty Cages Collective Workshop at Lancaster University
https://www.facebook.com/events/1225254300885192/ Lancaster People and Planet society and LGBTQ+ are collaborating with a workshop on prison abolition and LGBTQ+ rights Learn about how the prison industrial complex is growing in England and Wales and what you can do to resist it. The workshop will share info on the 5 new mega prisons in the pipeline for 2017 and 5 new prisons for women, ...

No More Prisons conference Manchester, March 4-5

No More Prisons conference Manchester, March 4-5
Source: http://www.cape-campaign.org/no-more-prisons-conference-manchester-march-4-5/ We’re excited to announce the first “No More Prisons” conference, March 4-5 2017 in Manchester. We hope to meet each other, coördinate our struggles, share our skills, and educate one another on our campaigns.. Our anti-prison conference is designed to grow our movement nationally, in order to try and stop the five new mega-prisons in their tracks! Register on-line; we can ...

Vigil held at Pentonville Prison to protest deaths of transgender inmates, as part of international day of solidarity

Vigil held at Pentonville Prison to protest deaths of transgender inmates, as part of international day of solidarity
Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/vigil-pentonville-prison-protest-deaths-transgender-inmates-lgbt-a7540851.html 'It is always incredibly difficult to lose a loved one, but there is a particular pain in losing someone inside prison. There are many layers to that pain. It is the pain of being separated by prison walls. It is the pain of knowing in most cases your loved one died alone. That they died in a cage' Pentonville ...

Protest over Jenny Swift’s death in Doncaster prison

Protest over Jenny Swift’s death in Doncaster prison
Source: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/protest-over-jenny-swifts-death-12492583 A protest outside HMP Doncaster following death of Jenny Swift Transgender woman Jenny Swift was found dead at HMP Doncaster in December A protest has taken place outside a men’s prison where a transgender woman from Merseyside died. Jenny Swift, from Seaforth, was found dead in her HMP Doncaster cell on December 30, sparking an investigation by the prison watchdog. She was ...

Take Action to Stop the New Mega Prison in Wellingborough

Source: http://www.cape-campaign.org/take-action-to-stop-the-new-mega-prison-in-wellingborough/ The situation: Wellingborough is set for a new Mega Prison which could have serious repercussions for local people, as well as those harmed by the prison system. On this page you will find information about how to object to the planning application for Wellingborough Prison. How to submit a planning objection Visit: http://pawebsrv.wellingborough.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OI7VLERBJ7D00 You will find the application summary. Click “Make a comment. Fill ...

Building Warehouses of Suffering and Death: The case against the new prison in Wellingborough

Building Warehouses of Suffering and Death: The case against the new prison in Wellingborough
Source: http://www.cape-campaign.org/building-warehouses-of-suffering-and-death/ This post is a transcript of Dr David Scott’s talk at the January 10th Public Meeting in Wellingborough. There is a sickness haunting the prison service in England and Wales. This sickness – a ‘penal malaise’ – which systematically generates suffering and death, goes right to the heart of the daily workings of penal regimes. The meeting this evening ...

Care Not Cages: International Day of Solidarity with Trans Prisoners

Source: http://actionfortranshealth.org.uk/2017/01/22/care-not-cages-international-day-of-solidarity-with-trans-prisoners/ January 22nd is International Day of Solidarity with Trans Prisoners. At a time when the government is cutting funds for hospital beds in favour of prison beds, Pazuzu Gaylord argues the need for action. “The prison industrial complex (PIC) is a term we use to describe the overlapping interests of government and industry that use surveillance, policing, and imprisonment as ...

Lend Lease Salford Occupied by Prison Protesters

Lend Lease Salford Occupied by Prison Protesters
Source: http://salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=3669 PRISON PROFITEERS NOT WELCOME STATE CAMPAIGN GROUPS Yesterday, the Salford Quays HQ of construction company Lendlease was occupied by groups to highlight the company's involvement in prison expansion, which includes a new £250million mega-prison in Wrexham and a potential new prison in Greater Manchester. 'We don't want a new prison here in Greater Manchester or anywhere' said local resident Jess Bradley, ...

Transgender woman dies in all-male prison despite new government ‘safeguards’

Transgender woman dies in all-male prison despite new government ‘safeguards’
  Source: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/01/05/transgender-woman-dies-in-all-male-prison-despite-new-government-safeguards/ A transgender woman has been found dead in an all-male prison, just two months after a government overhaul of the system supposedly introduced safeguards for trans prisoners. The UK government had promised a review in 2015 of the way trans people in prisons are dealt with, after two female prisoners died within weeks of each other while being held in all-male ...

Solidarity With Trans Prisoners: Upcoming Noise Demo at HMP Doncaster

Solidarity With Trans Prisoners: Upcoming Noise Demo at HMP Doncaster
Event page link. January 22nd is International Day of Solidarity With Trans Prisoners, a day to highlight the struggles of our siblings behind bars and fight for a world without prisons. Following the tragic and preventable death of Jenny Swift last month we will be demonstrating outside HMP Doncaster at 4pm after visiting hours. Wrap up warm, bring torches, glow sticks, ...

2016: Empty Cages Collective End of Year Review

2016: Empty Cages Collective End of Year Review
This post aims to share with the world what we have learned and achieved in our third year as a small collective struggling against the prison system. You can read our review of 2015 here. What was challenging? 2016 was another year of struggle on personal and collective levels. From dealing with grief, supporting those in prison, as well as people coming ...

Public Meeting: What impact will a New Prison in Wellingborough have?

Public Meeting: What impact will a New Prison in Wellingborough have?
Community Action on Prison Expansion are supporting with an event in January 2017: Public Meeting: What impact will a New Prison in Wellingborough have? When: Tuesday 10th January 2017 5-7pm Where: The Victoria Centre, 46-50 Palk Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1HR Why is a new prison being built when there are cuts to essential services? What impact could the prison have? Could the site be ...

A prisoner dies by suicide every three days in England and Wales – new figures

A prisoner dies by suicide every three days in England and Wales – new figures
Source: http://news.sky.com/story/suicides-in-prisons-reach-epidemic-proportions-10675422 There are new calls for prison reform as a report claims the number of suicides has reached an all-time high. The figures follow claims the prisons system in England and Wales is in meltdown A prisoner takes their own life every three days in England and Wales, new figures show. In 2015, 89 people took their own lives behind bars. However, ...

BMA calls for more prison health powers to halt rise in inmate deaths

BMA calls for more prison health powers to halt rise in inmate deaths
Source: http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Health-Care-News/bma-calls-for-more-prison-health-powers-to-halt-rise-in-inmate-deaths Prisons should use new powers to address poor health outcomes for inmates, the BMA argued in its submission to the Justice Select Committee report into prison reforms. The average life expectancy of a prisoner is only 56, and Ministry of Justice figures show that natural deaths in custody have increased by 26% in the past year, while suicides increased by ...

Prison violence is not about staffing: they’ve always been dangerous for prisoners

Prison violence is not about staffing: they’ve always been dangerous for prisoners
Source: https://theconversation.com/prison-violence-is-not-about-staffing-theyve-always-been-dangerous-for-prisoners-68950 HM Prison Bedford, which was the scene of recent violent disturbances. In an attempt to force the hand of the government in negotiations regarding the numbers of prison officers employed in public sector prisons, more than 10,000 prison officers have taken part in a 24-hour “protest action”. It is illegal for prison officers to strike, but officers stopped work at ...

The largest women’s prison in Britain will be turned into luxury flats, if the government gets its way

The largest women’s prison in Britain will be turned into luxury flats, if the government gets its way
Source: http://www.thecanary.co/2016/11/11/largest-womens-prison-britain-will-turned-luxury-flats-government-gets-way/ Holloway Prison was the largest women’s prison in Western Europe when it was shut down in July 2016. Its closure has raised big questions, both about the future of the land itself and the future of incarcerating women generally. When then-Chancellor George Osborne announced the closure of the prison in November 2015, it was proposed as a solution to allowing women ...

Truss’ big plans for prison reform have no substance behind them

Truss’ big plans for prison reform have no substance behind them
Source: http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2016/11/16/truss-big-plans-for-prison-reform-have-no-substance-behind-t 'There remains only one way to judge a prison's success. Count how many people leave and don't come back' By The Tartan Con Liz Truss' white paper on prison safety was widely anticipated. We're in the middle of a prison crisis and there was hope that the new justice secretary would continue some of the radical ideas of her predecessor, ...

Public Meeting about opposing the new Prison in Wellingborough

Public Meeting about opposing the new Prison in Wellingborough
When: Monday 5th December 2016 6-8pm Where: The Coffee Lounge, 10 Kingsley Park Terrace, Northampton NN2 7HG Wellingborough is set for a new Mega Prison which will: • Overstretch health and all other services in Northants • Warehouse humans in overcrowded conditions to make a financial profit • Be a blot on the reputation of Wellingborough and Northants • Build a local economy based on caging ...
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