Register now for the International Conference on Penal Abolition: Abolitionist Futures

Register now for the International Conference on Penal Abolition: Abolitionist Futures
This year London is hosting the International Conference on Penal Abolition, Abolitionist Futures: Building Social Justice not Criminal Justice. The conference will be held June 15-18, 2018 at Birkbeck College and is being organised as a collaboration between the Department of Criminology, Birkbeck University of London, Harm & Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC), The Open University, the Centre for Crime and Justice ...

How to Organize a Prison Strike

How to Organize a Prison Strike
Source: https://psmag.com/social-justice/how-to-organize-a-prison-strike By Arvind Dilawar (Photo: jodylehigh/Pixabay) Organizers inside and outside of the penitentiary walls are teaming up—and getting creative—to fight for reform. 'There are various industries that are run by inmates, and we intend to sit down and refuse to work—have an economic protest, if you would—to bring about change,' says one of the nearly 100,000 inmates in the Florida prison system. His ...

Call for contributions: Prisoner Writings on Prison Abolition

Call for contributions: Prisoner Writings on Prison Abolition
The Empty Cages Collective and the Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee (IWOC) in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England is calling out to prisoners and ex-prisoners worldwide to contribute their writing to a new publication: Prisoner Writings on Prison Abolition. This publication will share prisoner voices in the prison abolition conversation. It will centre the experiences of people in prison and their ...

Why the Torture Cases of Anarchists in Russia Matter

Why the Torture Cases of Anarchists in Russia Matter
More info: https://rupression.com/en/2018/04/11/why-the-torture-cases-of-anarchists-in-russia-matter/ Grisly news keeps coming in from Russia about the activities of the Russian Federal Security Service—the FSB, which is descended from the KGB. In account after account, anarchists and anti-fascists describe how the FSB kidnapped them, planted weapons in their cars, and used torture to force them to sign false confessions admitting to participating in an obviously invented terror network. Why should we care about the ...

Action Alert: Support Kevan!

Action Alert: Support Kevan!
UPDATE:  Kevan has now been moved to a different cell in the segregation wing with no warning or reason. They have put him on 'riot gear unlock' which means that to leave his room he is forced to stand against the wall while he his searched and is escorted with four officers in full riot gear at all times. The new cell ...

Update: Taylor remains in a critical condition

Update: Taylor remains in a critical condition
IPP Taylor has been in hospital since Tuesday. They remain in a critical and life threatening condition. The consultant believes the most likely cause is a brain infection caused by a spreading of an ear infection. Taylor has had severe ear infection for weeks. Appointments to see the doctor were severely delayed, and when Taylor finally did see the doctor, they ...

Urgent Appeal for Letters & Support for Taylor IPP

Urgent Appeal for Letters & Support for Taylor IPP
We are sad to share the news that IPP Taylor is critically ill in hospital. They had a severe seizure and have not regained consciousness in the last 24 hours. We will post updates on how they are doing. We are asking people to please write to them in prison so that when (if 😢) they return from hospital they have lots ...

Write to Kev at his new address

Kevan Thakrar, victim of multiple hearsay and joint enterprise, has been unjustly incarcerated by HMP since 2007. He has recently been moved. Please write to him at his new address: kevan thakrar A4907AE hmp long lartin south littleton evesham worcestershire WR11 8TZ Find out more info on Kev's case and what you can do to support him here: http://justiceforkevan.org/

Rest in Power Anna

Rest in Power Anna
Our hearts are heavy with sadness today as this weekend we learned of the death of our friend and comrade, Anna Campbell. Anna was killed in a missile strike in Afrin while fighting with the YPG. Anna was a core member of the Empty Cages Collective and an active organiser in many anti-prison projects and campaigns, including Community Action on Prison Expansion, ...

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 ...
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