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Towards closing prisons: a blueprint for an alternative

David Toothill calls for the establishment of 5,000 ‘community improvement studios’. Like slaves in chains we still send criminals behind bars. Individuals who have done wrong, like we all have, must be given an opportunity, after judgement, to repaythe victim … Continue reading

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Recent deaths of transwomen in prison

On 5 December 2015, The Bent Bars Collective released a statement following the deaths of two transwomen in prison. 

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Organising for change: strategies for anti-violence activists

Check out this presentation from Dr Sarah Lamble of Birkbeck University on balancing short term reform goals with focusing on long term change. Based on her research and experiences of working in the anti-violence movement, Sarah identifies a number of … Continue reading

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A view from the G4S AGM

Abi Amey reports on the 2015 G4S AGM On Thursday 4 June 2015, Will McMahon and I attended the G4S AGM as part of the Reclaim Justice Network. Along with a number of other supporters of the Reclaim Justice Network, … Continue reading

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Penal Abolition: Anthem for a more tolerant tomorrow

This film explores some of the contradictions and problems with punishment and criminal justice approaches to tackling social problems. Through interviews with Canadian activists (including the late Ruth Morris), prison advocacy workers and former prisoners, a strong case is made … Continue reading

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Secure Colleges – What could possibly go wrong?

Plans for the building of a ‘secure college’ in Leicestershire have reportedly been put on hold until after the general election. The Reclaim Justice Network has published a briefing raising concerns about these institutions and urging all political parties to completely abandon … Continue reading

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Secure colleges: A dangerous solution to children in trouble

Plans for a new secure college in Leicestershire have been put on hold over the election period. The Reclaim Justice Network is urging all parliamentary candidates to commit to permanently shelving these plans after the general election. 

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Can we do better?

Rebecca Roberts reviews ‘Locked down, locked out’, describing it as a useful resource for activists. Many academic papers, political speeches and newspaper column inches have been devoted to the idea that with a tweak here and a tweak there – the … Continue reading

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Reframing the ‘Prison Works’ debate. For whom and in what ways does prison work?

JM Moore argues that prison works very well in maintaining an unjust society and deflecting attention from wider harms. Debates around the question ‘does prison work?’ tend to focus on how it meets the philosophical justifications for its deployment as state punishment. … Continue reading

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Building collective capacity for criminal justice policy change

Deborah H. Drake and Neena Samota on the need for collaborative working to build socially justice alternatives to criminal justice.

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