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…

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…

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…

#PrisonStrike Resistance to Slavery Across the World

#PrisonStrike Resistance to Slavery Across the World

Source: It’s Going Down https://itsgoingdown.org/prisonstrike-resistance-to-slavery-across-the-world/ This week, on the 45th Anniversary of the Attica Prison Uprising, prisoners across the US will go out on strike on September 9th against prison…

Beyond Incarceration: What Could Accountability Look Like in Police Killings?

Beyond Incarceration: What Could Accountability Look Like in Police Killings?

Source: https://bitchmedia.org/article/beyond-incarceration-what-might-accountability-look-police-killings A 2015 protest calling attention to the murder of Freddie Gray. Photo by Stephen Melkisethian (Creative Commons). This week, Aiyana Stanley-Jones would have turned 14 years old. Her family would…

Ten Lessons for Creating Safety Without Police

Ten Lessons for Creating Safety Without Police

Source: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/36812-10-lessons-for-creating-safety-without-the-police-a-reflection-on-the-10-year-anniversary-of-the-sos-collective By Tasha Amezcua, Ejeris Dixon and Che J. Rene Long, Truthout | Op-Ed How can we create safety collectively? How can we challenge hate and police violence by…

Dismantle & Transform: On Abolition, Decolonization, & Insurgent Politics

Dismantle & Transform: On Abolition, Decolonization, & Insurgent Politics

Source: http://abolitionjournal.org/dismantle-and-transform/ A conversation between Harsha Walia and Andrew Dilts, recorded February 5, 2015. Edited for length and clarity, January 2016. Although the conversation is somewhat dated and political contexts are shifting, the overall issues remain…

Video: Beyond reform – abolishing prisons

Video: Beyond reform – abolishing prisons

In this TEDxBaltimore video, Maya Schenwar explores the failures of criminal justice and imagines a world without prisons. The United States has the highest imprisonment rate in the world. But…

Prison Abolition Debate in Bristol

Prison Abolition Debate in Bristol

See the facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1527787087537835 University of Bristol, Queens Building, Room 1.8 Thursday, December 3 at 6:00pm – 7:30pm in UTC A joint event hosted by Bristol Think, the…

Working Toward Abolition…

Working Toward Abolition…

by Bianca Diaz In 2015, it is hard to imagine an institution more harmful than a prison. With daily reports of sexual assaults by correctional staff, hunger strikes by those…

Prisons and the struggles against them

Prisons and the struggles against them

Source: http://anarchistnews.org/content/prisons-and-struggles-against-them-2013-2015-ongoing-timeline This page will be subject to regular updates, most notably in the chronology , but also in giving references to interesting texts. So far (22/8/15), in addition to…

Rape culture: would prison abolition help women?

Rape culture: would prison abolition help women?

Movement for Justice protest against the incarceration of women at Yarl’s Wood detention centre. Credit: Demotix/Guy Corbishley. By Josh Kitto 24 February 2015 Source: https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/josh-kitto/rape-culture-would-prison-abolition-help-women The UK police, courts, the…

New article – Prison Abolition

New article – Prison Abolition

We have recently had a feature spread in the Occupied Times. This article introduces prison abolition: When the Empty Cages Collective facilitates workshops on prison abolition we ask participants to…

Everyday Abolition: Working Towards Non-Punitive Accountability

Everyday Abolition: Working Towards Non-Punitive Accountability

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/justin-adkins/everyday-abolition-workin_b_6972198.html This is part two of train of thought that includes more questions than answers, but I hope it starts conversations on how we can find alternatives in our…

Everyday Abolition: We Are Responsible for the Prison Industrial Complex

Everyday Abolition: We Are Responsible for the Prison Industrial Complex

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/justin-adkins/everyday-abolition-we-are-responsible-for-the-prison-industrial-complex_b_6952198.html I have been thinking a lot about violence at the hands of the state — the police state we have become — and the prison industrial complex (PIC)…

Reframing the ‘Prison Works’ debate. For whom and in what ways does prison work?

Reframing the ‘Prison Works’ debate. For whom and in what ways does prison work?

Source: https://downsizingcriminaljustice.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/reframing-the-prison-works-debate-for-whom-and-in-what-ways-does-prison-work/ JM Moore argues that prison works very well in maintaining an unjust society and deflecting attention from wider harms. Debates around the question ‘does prison work?’ tend to focus on…

Building an international movement to abolish the prison industrial complex

Building an international movement to abolish the prison industrial complex

Source: http://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/publications/cjm/article/building-international-movement-abolish-prison-industrial-complex Rachel Herzing and Isaac Ontiveros describe the aims prompting an abolitionist framework. Critical Resistance (CR) is a US-based grassroots group engaged in community organising focused on the goal…

2015: What now? What next?

2015: What now? What next?

Following the reflection of our efforts in 2014, below are some aims for 2015. This can’t happen without you. Contact us at info@prisonabolition.org if anything below calls you to work…

Transformative Justice & Ending Child Abuse

Transformative Justice & Ending Child Abuse

Source: http://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/resources/ending-child-sex-abuse-five-generations Helen Mills on the potential of generationFIVE, an initiative to end child sexual abuse in five generations. By: Helen Mills     Date: Tuesday, 25 November, 2014 ‘There is a…