Prison Profiteers Demo
On 15th November, Reclaim Justice Network and others protested outside the European Custody and Detention Summit, a trade fair for security companies, prison builders, and other profiteers to present new technologies that expand and privatise the criminal justice system.
- You can read our press release and full statement on why we protested.
- There was extensive coverage of the protest, including blogs from Global Justice Now, Red Pepper, Campaigns Against the Arms Trade, #RebelJournalism and Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, alongside articles from Left Foot Forward and Morning Star. There was also video coverage from RUPTLY TV.
- An image gallery of the protests can be viewed here.
- A huge thank you to Right to Remain, Global Justice UK, London Latinxs, Sisters Uncut, Campaigns Against the Arms Trade, Brick Lane Debates, NUS Black Students Campaign and all those who helped us to organise and joined us in protesting!
Following the closure of HMP Holloway, Reclaim Justice Network are now working closely with the Reclaim Holloway coalition to build a broad-based, local campaign to ensure the site is protected for benefit of women, Londoners and the local community.
- On 12th November, Reclaim Justice held a flash demo outside HMP Holloway to fight for alternatives to luxury flats. Thank you to all who joined us!
- The campaign has been recently covered in the following articles: ‘The largest women’s prison in Britain will be turned into luxury flats, if the government gets its way’ and ‘The fight to save the biggest women’s prison in Western Europe’.
- The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies held a public meeting with residents, MPs and campaigners to discuss the alternative people’s plan. Do you have ideas for what the site in North London should be used for? You can submit your ideas to the emerging people’s plan using this form.
- Jeremy Corbyn MP has stated that HMP Holloway is biggest opportunity to solve London’s housing crisis.
- To stay up to date with the campaign, including details of regular meetings, please follow @reclaimholloway on Twitter and visit the new website for more information on how to get involved.
No More Prison
The government has announced a ‘prison building revolution’, committing to the construction of 9 new prisons across England and Wales. Reclaim Justice Network opposes these plans, and has previously called for a moratorium on new prisons.
- Ministry of Justice has announced it is appointing contractors, architects and consultants to begin their prison building programme by January 2017.
- The two new confirmed sites for mega prisons are re-developments at HMP Wellingborough and HMYOI Glen Parva. HMP Wellingborough will be rebuilt with “larger capacity than before”, with HMYOI Glen Parva tripling in size from holding 580 men to 1600.
- London Campaign Against Police and State Violence are seeking advice, contacts and volunteers for their Sean Rigg Community Justice project, which supports victims of racist, violent and rude policing through the police complaints process. If you’re interested in getting involved or accessing the service, contact the project on firstname.lastname@example.org
- Empty Cages Collective have published a response to the Government’s latest white paper on Prison Safety and Reform, calling for all involved in anti-prison struggles to resist repressive developments.
- Our friends at JENGbA (Joint Enterprise: Not Guilty by Association) are crowdfunding for a new film, Killing the Law, which documents their stories of injustice and the campaign against the joint enterprise over the last 5 years.
- A man who had lived in the UK for 27 years has died at Morton Hall detention centre. Other detainees at Morton Hall are speaking out via the Detained Voices blog.
- As well as their Prisons in the Press bulletin, Prison Watch UK have also begun posting an Immigration Dispatch newsletter. You can read their latest round-up here.
- JENGbA are hosting a candlelight vigil for all those wrongly convicted under joint enterprise outside the Supreme Court in London, and Liverpool Lime Street station on 13th December.
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Thank you for your ongoing support – see you in 2017!