Prison News

G20: A comrade writes from a Hamburg Prison

In the below passage, one of the people detained in Hamburg during July’s G20 Protests talks about his imprisonment, the incarceration system and other arenas where anarchists are facing State repression.

It’s been almost a month-and-a-half since I was imprisoned during the 12th G20 summit in Hamburg, in a city that was besieged and taken in hostage by the security forces, but which also saw an important local and popular… Continue reading

Campaign to fight toxic prisons to tour Britain next month

In a timely move as the prison system faces major market-oriented reform, members of the US-based Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons will be going on tour around the country in late September and early October to talk about their experiences of — and successes against — the social and ecological impact of the United States prison-industrial complex.

CFTP organises resistance at the intersection of mass incarceration and the environment… Continue reading

Interview: Ray Luc Levasseur on Tom Manning of the United Freedom Front

 

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

American prisons try to silence and kill political prisoners slowly and painfully. Right now, that is what Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Warden of FCI Butner Medium II are trying to do to… Continue reading

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