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 ...

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. ...

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 ...
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