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…

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…

Self-Harm: the Unseen Prison Epidemic

Self-Harm: the Unseen Prison Epidemic

By Alex Cavendish Source: http://prisonuk.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/self-harm-unseen-prison-epidemic.html The rising number of prisoners who commit suicide whilst in custody in our prisons tends to be making the news headlines at the moment. The…

Prisons Are Destroying Communities and Making All of Us Less Safe

Prisons Are Destroying Communities and Making All of Us Less Safe

Isolation does not “rehabilitate” people. Disappearance does not deter harm. And prison does not keep us safe. Maya Schenwar, November 11, 2014 Source: http://www.thenation.com/article/190065/prisons-are-destroying-communities-and-making-all-us-less-safe Inmates are housed in three tier…

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…

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…

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.