Following our most recent meeting on 1 March 2016, the Reclaim Justice Network is organising public meeting at Unity Hall (by the fire station), 277A Upper Street, Islington, N1 2TZ on 7.00pm – 8.30pm 19 April 2016.
The Reclaim Justice Network is working to build a broad coalition to campaign against the privatisation of public land and services through the closure of prisons, and to call for the provision of social housing and services for the local community on the Holloway prison site. We believe in more social justice and less criminal justice.
When it was announced that HMP Holloway was to close and the land sold – the government claimed it would benefit local people through the creation of affordable housing, and help women in prison through investment in services. The reality is that public land is to be sold to the private sector and we know the housing will unaffordable to the average Londoner. The women in Holloway are being moved out of London so that the government can profit from the land and cut the costs of imprisonment. It is like a bedroom tax for prisoners and their families, who will have to travel out of London to make visits.
Once the land at Holloway is sold we will never reclaim it. We believe that instead, the land should be used for local community services and social housing. It is an opportunity to allow communities to respond to social inequalities, deprivation, and trauma in ways which do not resort to the expansion of the criminal justice system but offers the type of support that would have kept people out of prison in the first place.
The Reclaim Justice Network supports plans for the closure of existing prisons and is demanding that the land is signed over for much needed social housing and that no new prisons are built.