Empty Cages Collective Goals 2018

This can’t happen without folks getting involved and getting stuck in! Contact us at info@prisonabolition.org if anything below calls you to work together with us. Please be specific and honest about your desires, needs and capacity. We hugely appreciate your time and energy. Internal Increase the number of people involved in the collective itself, including more ex-prisoners. Continue to grow the number of ...

2017: Empty Cages Collective end of year review

2017: 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 2016 here. 2017 was a challenging year for the Empty Cages Collective and the broader network, Community Action on Prison Expansion, as we attempted to support the establishment of ...

Write to Taylor now!

Write to Taylor now!
Taylor (Claire Taylor) is an IPP prisoner that Smash IPP have been supporting. They had a tariff of four years and have now done over ten years in prison. Taylor called this afternoon to say he had been shipped out to HMP Downview. Normally, when a prisoner is being moved they ask them to pack and if they refuse they take ...

Trans and gender-queer prisoners face a double punishment.

Trans and gender-queer prisoners face a double punishment.
Source: https://www.redpepper.org.uk/trans-and-gender-queer-prisoners-face-a-double-punishment/ For trans prisoners, abuse isolation and poor medical care are routine parts of incarceration. By 'ASBO', a former inmate. One of my mates inside called me ASBO, and I hope I will always be anti-social. Prison is designed to control, to oppress, to separate and alienate. However, even in a mansion of aching hearts, there are ways to keep your ...

Trauma, Death and Profits – Youth Prisons in the UK

Trauma, Death and Profits – Youth Prisons in the UK
Source: https://corporatewatch.org/news/2017/sep/06/trauma-abuse-and-deaths-youth-prisons-uk This August, Corporate Watch were asked to support a Global Week of Action to Shut Youth Prisons by providing research about Youth Prisons in the UK. This article highlights the companies profiting from the imprisonment of children and young people, as well as the trauma, abuse, and deaths that these institutions perpetuate. In the UK there are three types of ...

Day of Action Against Youth Prisons – London

Day of Action Against Youth Prisons – London
Demo at the Australian Embassy What: Demonstration at the Australian Embassy When: 10.00am-12.00pm, Friday 29th September 2017 Where: Australia House Strand London, WC2B 4LA Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/744678969072098 Why: The last week of September this year marks the first International Week of Action Against Youth Prisons. An aboriginal-led coalition of Australian abolitionists initially made the call, seeking international support for their campaign to close youth detention centres and ...

New Book – Bang Up and Smash: Women’s Prisons, Probation and Bail Hostels

New Book – Bang Up and Smash: Women’s Prisons, Probation and Bail Hostels
Bang-up and Smash is an overview of women’s prisons in the UK, and a political analysis of their physical and ideological construction. From the moment of arrest, to coming home, Bang-up and Smash critically engages with the procedures, concepts and apparatus the state relies on, and the economics behind the expansion of the prison industrial complex. Bang-up and Smash is a practical ...

End Toxic Prisons Tour Dates & Details

End Toxic Prisons Tour Dates & Details
Tour Details Thursday 28th September London 7pm, 125 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9RG https://www.facebook.com/events/114869449183950/ Friday 29th September Cardiff With IWW Cymru Wales and No Prisons De Cymru Connect International English Academy, First Floor, 26-28 Churchill Way, CF10 2DY Cardiff https://www.facebook.com/events/129793397664005/ Saturday 30th September Port Talbot 10.30am, Aberavon Beach Hotel, The Princess Margaret Way, Swansea Bay, Port Talbot, SA12 6QP https://www.facebook.com/events/116023012410416/ Swansea With No Prisons De Cymru 7pm, Swansea Environment Centre, SA1 1RY https://www.facebook.com/events/115834292452554/ Sunday 1st October Bristol With Bristol Anarchist ...

Call Out for Actions Against Youth Prisons – September 2017

Call Out for Actions Against Youth Prisons – September 2017
Please find all the confirmed events listed here: http://www.prisonabolition.org/day-action-youth-prisons-london/ The Empty Cages Collective is calling for actions in solidarity with the Australian campaign against youth prisons, Shut Youth Prisons Mparntwe. First nations people and non-Indigenous people from around Australia have called for an International Week of Action at the end of September to shut youth prisons and end deaths in custody. We ...

Prison healthcare so bad it would be shut down on outside, say doctors

Prison healthcare so bad it would be shut down on outside, say doctors
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/22/prison-healthcare-so-bad-it-would-be-shut-down-on-outside-say-doctors Doctors tell of understaffed services, with patients missing hospital appointments due to clerical errors or lack of escort                   NHS doctors working in prisons have warned that the conditions in which they operate are so unsafe that the services would be closed down had they been outside the prison system, the Guardian has learned. The warnings have been issued in emails from ...

Fighting Toxic Prisons: Mass incarceration and Ecology

Fighting Toxic Prisons: Mass incarceration and Ecology
This article was originally published in the second issue of 'Whirlwind' a new Earth First Zine, included in the handbook for this year's Earth First Gathering. For as long as there have been prisons there have been people fighting against prisons. The ‘Prison Industrial Complex’ (PIC) is a term coined to describe the overlapping interests of government and industry that ...

End Toxic Prisons Tour – Autumn 2017

End Toxic Prisons Tour – Autumn 2017
Announcing the End Toxic Prisons Tour - Autumn 2017! This Autumn, the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons from the US will be touring the UK with Community Action on Prison Expansion. We need you to help organise tour dates in your local town or city. About: All over the world prisons are toxic environments causing social and ecological harm. Folks from the ...

Care failings contributed to death of woman in prison, inquest finds

Care failings contributed to death of woman in prison, inquest finds
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/20/care-failings-contributed-to-death-of-woman-sarah-reed-in-prison-inquest-finds Concerns raised about suicide monitoring and mental health at inquest into death of Sarah Reed who took her life in Holloway A jury at the inquest of Sarah Reed, a mentally ill prisoner at HMP Holloway who took her life at the jail last year, has identified serious shortcomings in her care. Reed was in prison awaiting medical reports about whether ...

Dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex – Article in Anarchist Federation Magazine

Dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex – Article in Anarchist Federation Magazine
Below is an online version of an article published in the latest issue of Organise, the magazine of the Anarchist Federation. The Empty Cages Collective is a small anarchist collective that aims to propagate and multiply resistance to the prison industrial complex in England, Wales and Scotland. We actually started with a small grant from AFed to tour the UK back ...

Feltham young offenders institution ‘not safe for staff or boys’

Feltham young offenders institution ‘not safe for staff or boys’
Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-40443533 A young offenders institution was found to be 'not safe for either staff or boys' after an unannounced inspection. The HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) gave YOI Feltham in west London its lowest judgement for safety after finding levels of 'very serious' violence had risen. The prison on the same site was also found to have had a 'significant increase in ...

Suicide and self-harm in prisons hit worst ever levels

Suicide and self-harm in prisons hit worst ever levels
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jun/29/suicide-and-self-harm-in-prisons-hit-worst-ever-levels Public spending watchdog says it is unclear how inmates’ mental health can be improved with current levels of funding and insufficient data ‘When prisons are short-staffed … prisoners spend more of the day in their cells’ Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Rajeev Syal Prisons have “struggled to cope” with ...

Ex-women’s Prison ‘Should Now Help Survivors Of Abuse’

https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-a3b4-Ex-womens-prison-should-now-help-survivors-of-abuse#.WSw6yzHLdj4 Sisters Uncut occupy Holloway roof to deliver their own election message FEMINIST activists occupied an abandoned north London women’s prison at the weekend to put the needs of domestic violence survivors on the agenda. Eight activists from direct action group Sisters Uncut occupied Holloway Prison’s visitor’s centre to demand the empty space be used as a women’s centre to “support local domestic ...

Female prisoners placed far from their families are ‘directly discriminated’ against, rules Supreme Court

Female prisoners placed far from their families are ‘directly discriminated’ against, rules Supreme Court
Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/female-prisoners-jailed-away-families-far-supreme-court-uk-prison-service-howard-league-penal-reform-a7752956.html Being required to live a long way from home is a ‘detriment’, judge Lady Hale rules Female offenders are “directly discriminated” against because of a severe lack of approved premises (APs) for women in the UK, which often sees them placed far from their homes and families, the Supreme Court has ruled. Formerly known as probation or bail hostels, AP's are ...

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. ...
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