Event in Liverpool: Shrinking criminal justice and finding radical alternatives

Event in Liverpool: Shrinking criminal justice and finding radical alternatives
For anyone interested in alternatives to the criminal justice system, you may be interested in this event organised by the Reclaiming Justice Network: On 15th May 2014 in Liverpool from 6.30pm, the Reclaim Justice Network is holding an event to discuss and plan for ways to radically shrink the criminal justice system and approaches to justice and safety in our society. ...

Tear Down The Walls: Tour Report

Tear Down The Walls: Tour Report
Last week two members of the Empty Cages Collective travelled the north of England and Scotland for the first dates of the Tear Down The Walls: Prison Abolition Speaking Tour. Reaching six cities in just five days and covering over 870 miles, the tour was an overwhelming success. This was our first official outing as the Empty Cages Collective and ...

Giving up using criminal justice to solve social problems

Giving up using criminal justice to solve social problems
Source: http://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/resources/i-would-give-using-criminal-justice-solve-social-problems JM Moore calls for abolishing the 'traitorous temptation of criminal justice'. When faced by the challenge of identifying ‘what bit of the criminal justice’ I would give up I was tempted to refuse.  For me it is a bit like asking what methods of capital punishment would you abolish?  By focus on one aspect, and by identifying it as particularly ...

New date added to Tear Down The Walls: Prison Abolition Speaking Tour!

New date added to Tear Down The Walls: Prison Abolition Speaking Tour!
We're happy to announce that we've added another stop to the Tear Down The Walls: Prison Abolition Speaking Tour! We will be visiting Newcastle tomorrow (Tuesday 25th March) to give a midday talk at the Star and Shadow Cinema. For full information visit the event page, the Star and Shadow's website, or Facebook. We hope to see you there!

Call for articles: Supporting Someone in Prison

Tens of thousands of people are held in British prisons. Each of these human beings are likely to have friends, family, partners, lovers and associates that are affected by their absence and sentence. The Empty Cages Collective in collaboration with Bristol ABC, are putting together a publication about what life is like on the outside for those supporting their friends, family and ...

Tear Down The Walls Tour Dates Confirmed!

Tear Down The Walls Tour Dates Confirmed!
Tear Down The Walls Tour Poster The dates for our upcoming Tear Down The Walls Speaking Tour have now been confirmed! Starting from Sunday 23rd March members of the Empty Cages Collective will be traveling to Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Liverpool to discuss prison abolition and alternatives to incarceration. We are aware that there is only one date in the ...

Wales Online: Wrexham £250m super prison labelled an ‘English solution for an English problem’

Wales Online: Wrexham £250m super prison labelled an ‘English solution for an English problem’
Feb 06, 2014 06:00 By Graham Henry Panel of experts and commentators raise concerns about 2,000-inmate jail hailed as major boost to North Wales economy An artist's impression of the super-prison in North Wales Debate over a proposed “super prison” based in Wales has ignored concerns over the impact on public services and is an “English solution for English ...

Empty Cages Collective supported by the Edge Fund

Empty Cages Collective supported by the Edge Fund
Two members of the Empty Cages Collective were incredibly moved on Saturday when they attended and participated in the third funding round of the radical funding initiative The Edge Fund. Being a radical, grassroots project means we are unlikely to access funding from mainstream grant bodies, therefore other than DIY fundraising, sources of financial support are few and far between. ...

BBC: Wrexham £250m super-prison outline plans backed

BBC: Wrexham £250m super-prison outline plans backed
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-25594461 A 2,000-inmate super-prison for Wrexham has taken a big step forward with planners backing the proposals. A large majority of Wrexham council's planning committee approved outline planning permission for the £250m jail, which will be the UK's biggest. The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) announced in September the former Firestone site was its choice. However, opponents have complained of the disruption the prison ...

A World Without Prisons

A World Without Prisons
Inmates in California began a hunger strike in July, sparking renewed debate about the use of solitary confinement in US prisons. Nicole Vosper offers a personal response and a vision for a world beyond bars Red Pepper Magazine, September 2013: http://www.redpepper.org.uk/a-world-without-prisons/ On 8 July more than 30,000 prisoners refused meals across California state prisons. Twenty days later, 1,000 were still on hunger strike. ...

Resisting the demonisation of ‘the Other’: State, nationalism and social control in a time of crisis

Resisting the demonisation of ‘the Other’: State, nationalism and social control in a time of crisis
An event that abolitionists may be interested in: Resisting the demonisation of 'the Other': State, nationalism and social control in a time of crisis European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control 42nd Annual Conference 3 September – 6 September 2016 Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom Six years into the financial crisis that began to unfold in 2008, we have witnessed ...

Global Noise Demo for Prisoner Solidarity: New Year’s Eve 2013/14

Global Noise Demo for Prisoner Solidarity: New Year’s Eve 2013/14
Inside and Outside Prisons, Jails, & Detention Centers around the World, Monday, December 30, 2013 via Anarchist News This event is inspired by the North American call out for a day of action against prisons in the New Year of 2010/2011, which happened again in 2011/2012 and again last year, & remains relevantly unchanged. Noise demos outside of prisons in some countries are ...

What Will It Take to Heal?

What Will It Take to Heal?
This article is about re-designing our society where there will be no cages. What Will It Take to Heal? Prison Abolition and Permaculture by Nicole Vosper Source: http://permaculturenews.org/2012/10/20/what-will-it-take-to-heal-prison-abolition-and-permaculture/ I write this on the train from seeing a close friend of mine, imprisoned in HMP Holloway. A beautiful lifer who I gardened with for the entire 21 months of my own imprisonment in 2009/10. ...

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