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…

UK to build £25m Jamaican prison

UK to build £25m Jamaican prison

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images The UK is to spend £25m on building a prison in Jamaica so that foreign criminals in the UK can be sent home to serve sentences…

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…

Prisons, Ecology and the Birth of an Empire

Prisons, Ecology and the Birth of an Empire

Source: http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2015/07/25/prisons-ecology-and-the-birth-of-an-empire/ Depiction of Osceola in at Castillo de San Marcos/Fort Marion, St. Augustine, FL by Panagioti / Earth First! Newswire Strange sometimes how worlds collide. Nine years ago I…

Wildfire: An Anarchist Prison Newsletter #2

Wildfire: An Anarchist Prison Newsletter #2

From Wildfire: [Download Issue #2] (Prints 8.5×11) The past months have seen a continuation of prison struggle in its many forms, as well as a blanket of repression from state…

Anarchist Perspective on Mass Prisoner Resistance Movements

Anarchist Perspective on Mass Prisoner Resistance Movements

Source: http://anarchistnews.org/content/anarchist-perspective-mass-prisoner-resistance-movements There is a widespread, growing and committed resistance movement happening in US prisons across the nation. This movement is not going away, and with more outside support and…

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…

Brussels: The struggle against the construction of a maxi-prison

Brussels: The struggle against the construction of a maxi-prison

Source: http://rabble.org.uk/brussels-the-struggle-against-the-construction-of-a-maxi-prison/ This analysis was originally published in “Ricochets” n° 1 in November 2014, a newsletter in French on the struggle against the construction of the maxi-prison in Haren, Brussels….

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…

Germany and the Prison Industrial Complex

Germany and the Prison Industrial Complex

Article by John Bowden The growth of what some have described as the “prison industrial complex” and the unleashing of economic free market forces upon the prison system by a…

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…

Inverclyde Prison Plan Dropped

Inverclyde Prison Plan Dropped

Source: http://www.clyde1.com/localnews/inverclyde-prison-plan-dropped/ The Justice Secretary is scrapping plans to build a new womens’ prison at Inverclyde. He inherited plans for a 350 cell prison on the outskirts of Greenock but…

In the New World of Incarceration, Your House Is Your Prison

In the New World of Incarceration, Your House Is Your Prison

Source: http://www.thenation.com/article/195465/new-world-incarceration-your-house-your-prison By Maya Schenwar A California parolee wears an electronic ankle monitor that tracks his location at all times. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To…

Female detainees at Yarl’s Wood routinely humiliated, claims report

Female detainees at Yarl’s Wood routinely humiliated, claims report

Male staff often invade privacy at immigration detention centre, says charity, and many women already victims of sexual abuse. Source: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jan/14/female-detainees-yarls-wood-report-privacy-immigration-detention-centre-sexual-abuse?CMP Nineteen of the 38 women interviewed for the report…

There is no such thing as prison reform: an interview with CeCe McDonald

There is no such thing as prison reform: an interview with CeCe McDonald

Source: https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/andrea-abikaram/there-is-no-such-thing-as-prison-reform-interview-with-cece-mcdonald Andrea Abi-Karam 13 January 2015 CeCe McDonald was sent to prison for defending herself against a hate crime. On the one year anniversary of her release, she discusses…