Surround Harmondsworth Demonstration

Surround Harmondsworth Demonstration
From: https://www.facebook.com/events/749196425154388/ On Saturday 8th November 2014 Movement for Justice will be returning for our fifth demonstration at Harmondsworth & Colnbrook immigration detention centres - where friends and loved ones from our communities are locked up indefinitely for no crime. Immigration detention imprisons 30,000+ people a year in detention centres, with no release date and not charged or convicted for a crime. ...

New publication: Never Alone – A zine about supporting prisoners by those on the outside

New publication: Never Alone – A zine about supporting prisoners by those on the outside
To download the zine click here: Never Alone Never Alone was created to give a voice to those that support people in prison. Often invisible, unsupported and unrecognised, thousands of people in the UK, and millions internationally, support friends, family, partners and comrades in prison. Their support, love, money and solidarity help people survive their time inside. They directly experience the harm ...

Gender Violence and the Prison Industrial Complex

Gender Violence and the Prison Industrial Complex
This weekend the Empty Cages Collective facilitated a workshop on Gender and the Prison Industrial Complex at the Anarcha-Feminist Conference. As two workshop facilitators that identified as women this felt like a perfect opportunity to work with other anarcha-feminists to connect the dots between patriarchy and prisons. The workshop started with a quiz, where participants were asked questions such as how ...

New zine: “What about the rapists?” – Anarchist approaches to crime & justice

New zine: “What about the rapists?” – Anarchist approaches to crime & justice
This zine is aimed at anarchists thinking about how to deal with abuses of power and acts of domination in their communities. It brings together a collection of articles representing different approaches to this problem, from transformative justice-based accountability processes to retributive-based acts of survivor-led retaliation. Focusing on lessons learnt from experiments in this field and concerns that persist about these ...

Prison Abolition Workshop at This is Not a Gateway Festival

Prison Abolition Workshop at This is Not a Gateway Festival
We will be facilitating the following workshop at the incredible This is Not a Gateway Festival: Tear Down The Walls // SECURITISATION OF URBAN SPACE Empty Cages Collective  Library, 3 - 5 pm Despite a prison-building boom there is growing call for complete prison abolition. The UK prison population has doubled in just the last 20 years. The UK has the highest prison population per ...

Event: Sites of Confinement

Event: Sites of Confinement
Find information on the upcoming European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control event below: Sites of Confinement II: Problematising Prisons 30th October 2014, 2-6pm, Room G17 John Foster Building, Liverpool John Moores University This workshop is the second in the ‘Sites of Confinement’ series held by the Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion in partnership with the ...

Wrexham super prison plan delayed

Wrexham super prison plan delayed
The building of a £250m super prison was dramatically delayed last night after the proposals were blasted. Angry Wrexham councillors slammed the fine details of the scheme to build the jail on the former Firestone site on Wrexham Industrial Estate. They said they were “vague, inconsistent and lacking in details”. Permission for the prison in principle had already been granted earlier this year. Last ...

Women resisting the racist ‘security’ state

Women resisting the racist ‘security’ state
Public Meeting: All welcome THURSDAY 3RD JULY 6:30 to 8:30pm Room 417 Birkbeck, University of London Main Malet Street building http://www.bbk.ac.uk/downloads/centrallondon.pdf (Number 1 on the map - entrance from Torrington Square) What is the experience of BMER women struggling for justice? What are the corporate and state practices targeting BMER women? How can BMER women and Women’s organisations get their voices heard and demands met? FREEDOM WITHOUT FEAR PLATFORM is calling ...

Noise Demonstration 27th June Holloway Prison

Noise Demonstration 27th June Holloway Prison
The Anti Raids Network invites you and your groups, friends, and family to join us for a noise demonstration outside Holloway HMP, London (N7 0NU) Friday 27th June, 7pm No More Immigration Detention – Freedom for all Migrants The Anti Raids Network calls a demonstration outside Holloway prison to demand an end of the detention and criminalisation of migrants. In the UK, ...

Plan for Europe’s biggest children’s prison

Plan for Europe’s biggest children’s prison
Plan for Europe’s biggest children’s prison 'would put young offenders at increased risk of harm or death' Jonathan Owen , Paul Peachey Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/plan-for-europes-biggest-childrens-prison-would-put-young-offenders-at-increased-risk-of-harm-or-death-9352817.html Sunday 11 May 2014 Controversial plans to build Europe’s biggest children’s prison in the Midlands would put young offenders at increased risk of harm and even death, campaigners warned last night. The Government intends to create a ...

Wales online: Contractor selected to build super prison in North Wales

Wales online: Contractor selected to build super prison in North Wales
Contractor selected to build super prison in North Wales May 30, 2014 10:00 By Alicia Melville-Smith Lend Lease has been selected to build the Wrexham prison the Ministry of Justice announced this morning Artist Impression of the planned Super-prison in Wrexham, North Wales Lend Lease has been selected to build the new super-prison in North Wales, the Ministry of Justice ...

International Day to close Detention Centres

International Day to close Detention Centres
June 15th is International Day to close Detention Centres. Actions are happening all over Europe. See what is happening here. In the UK there is: A protest at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre. 4.30-6.30pm Twinwoods Business Park, Thurleigh Rd Milton Ernest, Bedford MK44 1FD. Click here for details. A Public meeting in Oxford Town Hall. 'Are Refugees Welcome Here? If not, what can ...

Wales online: Welsh MPs announce investigation into prisons in Wales amid controversy over planned super-prison in Wrexham

Wales online: Welsh MPs announce investigation into prisons in Wales amid controversy over planned super-prison in Wrexham
May 20, 2014 17:29 By David Williamson The chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform has described the North Wales plans as a 'Titanic mistake' but supporters claims jobs are on the way. An artist's impression of the planned super-prison in North Wales A CROSS-PARTY group of MPs are to stage a major investigation into prisons in ...

Workshop at Newport Rising

Workshop at Newport Rising
The Empty Cages Collective will be leading a workshop at the Newport Rising Festival on Friday 30th May at 12:30pm. We will be exploring the growth of the prison industrial complex in the UK, as well as our collective visions for abolition. We will also have a strong focus on Wrexham, the new super prison proposed for North Wales. Please come and ...

Abandoned: Abolishing Female Prisons to Prevent Sexual Abuse and Herald an End to Incarceration

Abandoned: Abolishing Female Prisons to Prevent Sexual Abuse and Herald an End to Incarceration
A new article has been published in The Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice exploring female imprisonment in the UK and US. Abandoned: Abolishing Female Prisons to Prevent Sexual Abuse and Herald an End to Incarceration, 29.1 BERKELEY J. GENDER L. & JUST. 101 (2014). Read it here: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2412755

Guardian: Tales from the inside: drugs and disorder at G4S’s prison of the future

Guardian: Tales from the inside: drugs and disorder at G4S’s prison of the future
Oakwood was to be the blueprint for a new generation of big, cheap jails, yet it has been slated by inspectors and prisoners, who say inexperienced staff are failing to keep control Steven Morris and Eric Allison theguardian.com, Tuesday 29 April 2014 20.02 BST A rooftop protest at HMP Oakwood, near Featherstone, Staffordshire, early in 2014. Photograph: David Hamilton/Express & Star The vision for ...

Statement from Haven Distribution on Graylings’ Book Ban

Statement from Haven Distribution on Graylings’ Book Ban
Statement from Haven Distribution on Graylings' Book Ban Chris Grayling’s intention to get books prevented from being sent in by friends and family is a pointless one but a familiar pattern we experience in our charitable work. There are not enough jobs or educational opportunities in every prison therefore there has to be people who remain unemployed in each prison as there ...

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!