Anti-prison expansion activists halt construction of HMP Wellingborough for second consecutive Friday

Protesters attached themselves to PVC pipes and blockaded the entrances to the construction site of the new HMP Wellingborough mega-prison, bringing construction works conducted by Kier Group to a halt for the second consecutive Friday. The multi-week campaign aims to stop the government’s massive prison expansion project and dissuade private companies, like Kier, from taking government contracts

Protesters occupy HMP Wellingborough construction site

Protesters occupied the construction site of HMP Wellingborough for 6 hours on Friday, successfully halting its work. The work is conducted by a construction, services and property group Kier. The direct action took place during a demonstration against the HMP Wellingborough development, which saw anti-prison expansion activists from across the country gathering to oppose the

Protesters target Kier due to profit from the construction of new mega-prisons across the UK

Last Friday afternoon, protestors occupied the lobby of Kier; the company contracted to build a new mega-prison in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire Prison abolitionist protest group, Community Action on Prison Expansion (CAPE), is turning attention to the private companies set to profit from increased rates of incarceration amidst the biggest prison expansion project in generations. They are

Women’s Strike: 50 activists occupy Ministry of Justice to protest against transphobic measures to segregate incarcerated trans women

As part of international protests connected to the Women’s Strike, a group of 50 trans activists and their allies have occupied the Ministry of Justice on International Women’s Day to express grave concern about government plans to move trans women to men’s prison estates and to open segregated wings for trans women at HMP Downview.

Gallery: New Year celebrations at HMP Pentonville

Among the London anarchist events that see out the year are annual noise demos at HMP Brixton and HMP Pentonville, where pots are rattled, whizzers whizzed and bottle rockets set off as people walk around the jail reminding prisoners that they’re not forgotten. Freedom was at this year’s Pentonville showing, while Base was at Brixton.

Prison Island: A new report on prison expansion in England, Wales and Scotland – out now

In August Corporate Watch, a not-for-profit co-operative that researches the social and environmental impact of capitalism, released their latest report on prison expansion in England Scotland and Wales: Prison Island. Now physical copies of the report are available to buy from Freedom Bookshop and from Corporate Watch’s website. Find out more about the report below