Truss’ big plans for prison reform have no substance behind them

Truss’ big plans for prison reform have no substance behind them

Source: http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2016/11/16/truss-big-plans-for-prison-reform-have-no-substance-behind-t By The Tartan Con Liz Truss’ white paper on prison safety was widely anticipated. We’re in the middle of a prison crisis and there was hope that the…

PROTEST the European Custody and Detention Summit, 15 November

PROTEST the European Custody and Detention Summit, 15 November

From: https://downsizingcriminaljustice.wordpress.com/2016/10/30/boycott-the-european-custody-and-detention-summit/ On the 15th and 16th of November, the European Custody and Detention Summit is taking place at The Tower of London, described by the organisers as ‘the world’s original…

Convict and Immigrant Detainee Struggles Converge in Strike Wave

Convict and Immigrant Detainee Struggles Converge in Strike Wave

  by Amiri Barksdale Source: Insurgent Notes http://insurgentnotes.com/2016/06/convict-and-immigrant-detainee-struggles-converge-in-strike-wave/ The ultimate expression of law is not order—it is prison. George Jackson, Blood In My Eye (1971) There was a time in…

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…

The Private Prison Industry’s New Criminal Justice Ventures

The Private Prison Industry’s New Criminal Justice Ventures

Source: CityLab http://www.citylab.com/crime/2016/09/the-private-prison-industrys-new-criminal-justice-ventures/499964/ Detainees leave the the cafeteria at the Stewart Detention Facility, a Corrections Corporation of America center in Lumpkin, Georgia. (Kate Brumback/AP) The Department of Justice’s sudden announcement…

#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…

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…

Empty Cages Collective Autumn Northern Tour 2016

Empty Cages Collective Autumn Northern Tour 2016

The Empty Cages Collective are excited to announce a Tour of Northern England this September. Where: Hull, Leeds, Sheffield, Durham and Manchester. HULL Sunday 25th September Time: 14.00-16.00 Location: Ground,…

Paramedics called to prison twice a day

Paramedics called to prison twice a day

Source: http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/emergency-services/2016/06/21/paramedics-called-to-prison-twice-a-day/ Ambulance call-outs to a prison that serves Shropshire have rocketed with paramedics attending almost twice a day. Featherstone Prison Crews were sent to HMP Featherstone on 92 occasions…

Huge workshop to “bring 400 jobs” for Oakwood prisoners

Huge workshop to “bring 400 jobs” for Oakwood prisoners

More evidence of the growing prison industrial complex and increased exploitation of prison labour… Source: http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2016/04/15/huge-workshop-to-bring-400-jobs-for-oakwood-prisoners/ A workshop the size of a football pitch will create 400 jobs for prisoners…

Michael Gove announces plans for ‘reform prisons’

Michael Gove announces plans for ‘reform prisons’

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/16/michael-gove-announces-plans-for-reform-prisons Justice secretary says new prisons will have more autonomy – and will get power to take over failing jails Michael Gove gives evidence to the Commons justice committee…

New jail planned for Greater Manchester

New jail planned for Greater Manchester

 Source: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/new-prison-greater-manchester-budget-11045929 A new prison could be built in Greater Manchester, the M.E.N. can reveal. The new jail is being planned as the Chancellor prepares to hand even more powers…

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…

UK prison population is highest in EU, report shows

UK prison population is highest in EU, report shows

Source: http://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2016/03/08/uk-prison-population-is-highest-in-eu-report-shows/ The UK has the highest prison population in the European Union, according to a major new report. There were a total of 95,248 people behind bars in the…