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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

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

‘Anything But A Crisis’ or How To Make A Prison Riot

As a crisis in our prison system intensifies, Saul Jay assesses the current state of the UK prison system, and how the situation is ripe for an explosion.

Imagine you’re the Secretary of State for Justice– you’ve got a die-hard commitment to appearing ‘tough on crime’, which results in in a constantly rising prison population and in the same instant maintaining a neo-liberal commitment to efficiency and cost cutting. You’ve recently closed several prisons, resulting in massive staff layoffs.The remaining prisons that are left to you are dangerously over full and their budget is next to nothing. What do you do?

If you’re the kind of person who reads anarchist news websites, you’re unlikely to ever find yourself in a position anything like this. But it’s exactly the situation that Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has created for himself. And his solution is one only a Tory could love – ignore the overcrowding, staff the prisons with ‘reservist’ screws on zero hours contracts and continue to massacre the budget. Continue reading

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Obituary: Herman Wallace

A tribute to the Angola Three member, who tragically died three days after his release from prison Continue reading