Who will prison building 'revolution' benefit?

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Maureen Mansfield and Hannah Pittaway writing for the Left Foot Forward website outline some of the issues arising from the forthcoming closure of Holloway prison - the only women's prison in London. They argue that

The closure of Holloway appears to be neither for the benefit of women or Londoners. However, it can be used as an opportunity to frame a new conversation around imprisonment, social justice and social housing.

The article is published ahead of a public meeting organised by the Reclaim Justice Network in Islington on 19 April 2016 as part of the launch of the Reclaim Holloway due to be formally launched next week.

The Centre's Senior Policy Associate, Rebecca Roberts, last month wrote about the possible alternative uses for the Holloway prison site, drawing on a pamphlet first published in 1972. Our deputy director Will McMahon has also analysed recent prison reforms here.