Prison News

Interview: Ray Luc Levasseur on the United Freedom Front and Jaan Laaman

Luther Blissett interviews former UFF member Ray Luc Lavasseur on the ongoing institutional repression of Jaan Laaman, one of two remaining prisoners from the Marxist insurrectionist group (the other being Tom Manning).

Also known as the Ohio Seven, UFF was a US group in the 1970s and ’80s which targeted banks and State facilities with bombings and robberies. In 1984-5, all members of the group were captured and and… Continue reading

HMP Cardiff action opens major campaign month against IPP jail sentences

Following a protest yesterday at HMP Cardiff against the continuing illegal detention of thousands of people in British prisons with no release date, a lobby of Parliament on July 5th and a noise protest at HMP Risley in Warrington on July 8th will be next in what was going to be a fortnight of actions — but is now likely to stretch over most of a month.

At yesterday’s demo… Continue reading

Revolution and Restorative Justice: An Anarchist Perspective

In this opening editorial of the first issue of Abolition Journal, Peter Kletsan takes apart the concept of “restorative justice” from a libertarian perspective.

Restorative justice has been popularized in recent decades as a respectful and humane alternative to state sanctioned, retributive incarceration. Abolitionists and reformists alike have praised this model of retroactively addressing harm as a way of challenging the monopoly of the state on the concepts of… Continue reading

As details become clear on prisons expansion, campaigners prepare for a fight

The Empty Cages Collective and Community Action on Prison Expansion (CAPE) campaigns are calling for people to get involved in fighting at what they say is a crucial stage in government plans to build four new megaprisons across Britain.

Plans to build new facilities at Full Sutton in east Yorkshire, Hindley in Wigan, Rochester in Kent and Port Talbot in south Wales were announced by Justice Secretary Liz… Continue reading

Anonymous group claims acid sabotage on superjail’s foundations

An anonymous group claiming responsibility for a raid on controversial superjail HMP Berwyn in May 2015 which destroyed the engines of diggers and construction equipment has said in a letter to insurrectionist site 325.nostate that they also fatally undermined houseblocks with acid powder shortly afterwards. The letter states:

It is important to announce one week before the opening of HMP Berwyn that two of the houseblocks in… Continue reading

Chile: Guards brutalise anarchist detainees at San Joaquin jail

Prisoners in Chile are reporting that three anarchist women detainees have been brutally beaten at San Joaquin Penitentiary.

The incident, which happened earlier this month, began with jailers harassing Tamara Sol, currently serving seven years having been jailed in 2015 for allegedly shooting a bank guard who had previously shot and killed insurrectionist anarchist Angry.

The next day they escalated the violence and two comrades, Natalia… Continue reading

Jan 22: Prison demos in Doncaster and London will mark International Day of Solidarity With Trans Prisoners

This Sunday will see the International Day of Solidarity With Trans Prisoners, a day to highlight the struggles of trans people behind bars and fight for a world without prisons. First imagined by US Earth First! prisoner Marius Mason, the day aims to acknowledge the experiences of trans and other sex and gender-minority prisoners. In a statement, organisers transprisoners.net said:

Once incarcerated, trans people face humiliation, physical… Continue reading

From Wigan to NYC: Prison solidarity at year’s end

New Year’s Eve is pushed as a time of year to go out and let your hair down, usually by going to some horribly overpriced, overcrowded club and drinking in an effort to forget the last 12 months. But for many, including anarchist and anti-fascist prisoners around the world, and the many victims of police racism and misrule, the turn of the year will be spent away from loved ones,… Continue reading

Editor of Turkish anarchist paper jailed for “terror propaganda”

The editor of Meydan Gazette in Istanbul was jailed for a year and three months on December 22nd for “propagandising the methods of a terror organisation” in a free-speech case which dragged on for nearly a year.

Hüseyin Civan and the Gazette were taken to court after an investigation by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor over a December 2015 issue of the paper, which has supported Kurdish revolutionaries fighting in… Continue reading

London New Years Eve Prisoner Solidarity Demos

As is usually the case there are two prisoner solidarity demonstrations taking place in London this New Years Eve. North of the river London ABC are organising a noise demonstration starting at 8pm outside Pentonville Prison before moving on to HMP Holloway a short walk away. In South London another noise demonstration and speak out has been organised by a host of groups including London Campaign Against Police and State… Continue reading