RJN News: December 2016

Campaign updates
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.
Reclaim Holloway
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.
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.
News
  • 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 slondon.surgery@gmail.com
  • 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.
Events
  • 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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