Revolution and Restorative Justice: An Anarchist Perspective

Revolution and Restorative Justice: An Anarchist Perspective

Source: https://abolitionjournal.org/revolution-restorative-justice-anarchist-perspective/ by Peter Kletsan  [This intervention is part of the Abolition journal’s first issue.] Introduction Restorative justice has been popularized in recent decades as a respectful and humane alternative to…

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…

Protest over Jenny Swift’s death in Doncaster prison

Protest over Jenny Swift’s death in Doncaster prison

Source: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/protest-over-jenny-swifts-death-12492583 Transgender woman Jenny Swift was found dead at HMP Doncaster in December A protest has taken place outside a men’s prison where a transgender woman from Merseyside died….

BMA calls for more prison health powers to halt rise in inmate deaths

BMA calls for more prison health powers to halt rise in inmate deaths

Source: http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Health-Care-News/bma-calls-for-more-prison-health-powers-to-halt-rise-in-inmate-deaths Prisons should use new powers to address poor health outcomes for inmates, the BMA argued in its submission to the Justice Select Committee report into prison reforms. The…

Prisons: places of harm and dehabilitation

Prisons: places of harm and dehabilitation

Important article highlighting current conditions in the British Prison System. Source: https://www.opendemocracy.net/openjustice/prisons-places-of-harm-and-dehabilitation Dr David Scott 1 November 2016 Liz Truss promises penal reform but it places profits over people and…

The Northern Frontline against Prisons

The Northern Frontline against Prisons

This week, members of the Empty Cages Collective and Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee (IWOC) WISE-RA are touring the North of England to speak about prison expansion and the harm of…

Response Post to Reform Prisons

In the Queen’s Speech in May of this year the government unveiled new plans to reform the UK prison system. In much of the mainstream media and by many politicians…

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…

Part Two – Our Sisters Inside

Part Two – Our Sisters Inside

This blog post intends to explore the issues of women’s imprisonment in England, Wales and Scotland. It is written by an ex-prisoner who identifies as a woman. It is part…

The Corporate Greed of Strangers

The Corporate Greed of Strangers

Source: http://www.irr.org.uk/news/the-corporate-greed-of-strangers/ Written by John Grayson John Grayson reveals the spread of corporate involvement in the provision of asylum housing in the UK and northern Europe, and how outsourcing and private…

Female prisoners more likely to self-harm than male counterparts

Female prisoners more likely to self-harm than male counterparts

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2016/jan/29/female-prisoners-more-likely-self-harm-statistics New statistics reveal the challenges women face in criminal justice system HMP Holloway. The proportion of women in prisons has decreased since the beginning of the 20th century….

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…

Calais: 200 people storm the channel tunnel

Calais: 200 people storm the channel tunnel

UPDATE 6 OCTOBER: Calais Migrant Solidarity reports that all people arrested in the action have now been released. From Calais Migrant Solidarity Last night (Friday 2nd October) after midnight over…