‘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 ...

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 ...

Liz Truss rejects calls to cut sentences to reduce prison population

Liz Truss rejects calls to cut sentences to reduce prison population
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/13/liz-truss-rejects-calls-to-cut-sentences-to-reduce-prison-population Justice secretary calls for early intervention and community penalties as some crimes see 140% increase in custodial sentences The justice secretary, Liz Truss, is to reject making deep cuts in the record 85,000 prison population in England and Wales warning that such “quick fix” solutions would put the public at greater risk. She is to argue that the biggest driver of ...

Trans prisoner solidarity noise demo at HMP Doncaster

Trans prisoner solidarity noise demo at HMP Doncaster
Source: http://www.cape-campaign.org/trans-prisoner-solidarity-noise-demo-at-hmp-doncaster/ Over 70 people headed to HMP Doncaster last month to mark the International Day of Solidarity With Trans Prisoners with a demonstration in solidarity with Jenny Swift, who took her own life at the men’s prison in December after being refused hormones. The group, including Doncaster residents as well as members and supporters of the trans community from Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester ...

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 ...

2017: Our Goals & Plans for the Empty Cages Collective

2017: Our Goals & Plans for the Empty Cages Collective
Following the reflection of our efforts in 2016, below are some aims for 2017. 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 ...

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 ...
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