NEW PRISON BUILDS
Reclaim Justice Network has directly opposed the government’s ‘prison building revolution’, and the construction of nine new prisons across England and Wales. The government has recently announced the four new prison sites earmarked for expansion. A brand new mega prison will be built in Port Talbot in South Wales, while HMP Hindley in Greater Manchester, HMP Rochester in Kent and HMP Full Sutton in East Yorkshire will be demolished and rebuilt at approximately triple their size with 1,000 extra places.
- Reclaim Justice Network released a statement in response to this, proposing the new prisons will lead to a tragic waste of life and resources.
- Our friends at Community Action on Prison Expansion also released a statement opposing the plans.
- Freedom News has published an interactive map of planned prison openings, closures and expansions.
- Read more about why mega prisons are socially harmful, economically wasteful and prevent us from tackling social problems.
Against these plans too?
- Add your name and organisation to our moratorium against all new prisons builds.
- Sign and support the online petitions against HMP Hindley in Wigan and HMP Glen Parva in Leicestershire.
- The Ministry of Justice claims new mega prisons will have huge economic benefits to local communities, despite no evidence: ask Ministry of Justice to release their data on the ‘economic benefits’ of new prisons.
- Are you a local resident to an expansion site and oppose the new mega prison? You can contact Community Action on Prison Expansion for support.
- Local groups have already begun organising against these plans: if you are local to the HMP Glen Parva expansion, you can contact Leicester Prison Resistance, or for the HMP Hindley expansion you can contact Manchester No Prisons.
STOP G4S: Do you want to get involved in the 2017 G4S shareholder action?
Members of the Reclaim Justice Network will be attending G4S’ AGM as shareholders on 25th May (venue TBD) to question the Board on their role in criminal justice industry.
- Are you interested in becoming a shareholder and joining us in holding G4S to account? Just send your full name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will transfer a single share into your name.
- If you cannot become a shareholder but would like Reclaim Justice Network to ask the G4S Board a question on your behalf, please e-mail us!
- Read our reports from the AGMs over the last three years: 2016 report, 2015 report and 2014.
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.
- The plan4holloway initiative has launched a new website.
- Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has researched prison closures and community benefits to see what we can expect at Holloway.
- The number of women dying in prison in England and Wales has reached a record high. BBC News features two women’s stories.
- Injustice: a film about Crime and Prison is crowdfunding for production and editing costs.
- Ministry of Justice has appointed Savils to review the land of more inner city London prisons.
- DocsNotCops are holding a Twitter Storm to say no to racist violence in the NHS | 5th April, online
- A play about deaths in police custody is showing at Ovalhouse | Until 8th April, London