Monthly Archives: December 2012

What makes us safe? Downsizing carceral discourses

Activist and scholar, Judah Schept, challenges so called ‘progressive’ penal reforms and argues that we need to disrupt ‘common sense’ notions about carceral institutions. The anthropologist Lorna Rhodes (2001:75) has claimed that, ‘the most pressing need for the study of … Continue reading

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What are we aiming for?

In late November 2012 a newly formed steering group met to begin outlining the parameters, goals, name and programme of work for a new collaboration of 80+ campaigners, activists, academics, trade unionists, practitioners and people affected by the criminal justice system. … Continue reading

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War or peace? Prohibition, endangerment and the war on drugs

If prohibition was a genuine protection racket, at least we would be protected from harm. But it isn’t. It is much worse than that. It is effectively an “endangerment racket”, says Danny Kushlick.

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On the inside: Insider perspectives on prison reform

Sacha Darke argues that prisoners, former prisoners and their families are key to radical penal activism. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s announcement in November that the coalition Government would turn to the voluntary sector to provide peer mentors for short-term released … Continue reading

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The deliberate infliction of pain

John Moore says that we should not forget that punishment is a nasty business. The Chinese philosopher, Confucius, once warned of the dangers of language losing it meaning. ‘If language is not correct,’ he argued ‘then what is said is … Continue reading

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