Confusion over Holloway buyer announcement

Contrary to what prisons minister Rory Stewart told the House of Commons Justice Committee last week, a buyer for the Holloway prison site will be announced over the summer, the Camden New Journal reports.

The news came from a Ministry of Justice spokesman when a Camden New Journal journalist requested more information. Stewart had told MPs that a bidder would be in place by the end of the year, but the Ministry of Justice has now said an announcement will be made this summer. 


30 June 2018

Calls for London Mayor to build council housing on Holloway site

As part of our Community Plan for Holloway project we have been working in partnership with local people and organisations in Islington to put forward a positive vision for the former prison site.

Islington Homes for All have launched a petition calling for London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, to negotiate with the Ministry of Justice to keep the Holloway site in public ownership and to use the Affordable Homes Fund to build council houses there, alongside facilities for the local community,...

15 August 2018

Holloway prison sale timetable slips again

At a Justice Committee meeting on Tuesday, Prisons Minister Rory Stewart announced that a bidder will be in place for the Holloway site by the end of the year.

Stewart said that the prison population was likely to increase and the Holloway site sale would provide funding for new prisons to cater to that demand.

Deputy Director at the Centre, Will McMahon responded to the announcement:

In November last year, the Government

28 June 2018

Housing justice and Holloway Prison

The last prisoners left HMP Holloway in July 2016, as part of the government’s £1.3 billion prison building and reform programme. The now empty site is owned by the Ministry of Justice, who have...

Diarmaid Ward
22 June 2018

After Holloway: Consultation with women affected by the criminal justice system

The closure of HMP Holloway - the only women’s prison in London and largest in Western Europe is continuing to have a negative impact on the rest of the women’s prison estate including being raised during a recent inquest as a possible factor in the death of a woman who died in HMP Drake Hall a few...
Claire Cain
8 March 2018

New report launched: After Holloway

After Holloway: Consultation with women affected by the criminal justice system has been published by Women in Prison and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

The report comprises of a consultation with 50 women affected by the criminal justice system, many of whom were imprisoned in HMP Holloway, and asks whether and how the closure has had an impact and ideas for what they...

8 March 2018

Turning the Community Plan vision into a reality

Good evening everyone  - thanks to all of you for making this event - especially given the weather.

My name is Will McMahon, I am from the Community Plan for Holloway, and I will be...

Will McMahon
2 March 2018

Big turn out for Community Plan public meeting

Over 180 residents and community campaigners attended a packed Community Plan for Holloway meeting on Friday 2 March.

In what was a vibrant event, the audience heard from an anti-prison activist, housing campaigners and local residents who together called for the land on the former prison site to be used in the community interest.

The meeting began with a presentation, by the Centre's Deputy Director...

6 March 2018

Local people to discuss future of Holloway prison site

On Friday 2nd March Community Plan for Holloway, a project of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, is holding a public meeting in Islington to discuss the future of the Holloway prison site.

It will be an opportunity for local people to share their thoughts on the community vision that we have produced for the site. The community vision is based on over 900 responses we received from local people and organisations to the Community Plan for Holloway survey in 2017.

There will...

15 February 2018

Community Plan for Holloway appears on BBC News

On Friday, 5 January, Andy Bain of Community Plan for Holloway was interviewed on the early evening BBC London News, calling for genuinely affordable housing to be built on the Holloway prison site to meet the needs of young people in Islington.

The interview was part of a report about the adoption of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the site by Islington Council's Planning and Development Committee on 4 January.


9 January 2018

A women's building for Holloway?

Holloway Prison Stories and Reclaim Holloway have released a short film making the case for a women’s building to be part of any future development of the former Holloway prison site in North London.

The film features interviews with women affected by the criminal justice system and women who provided support to those in Holloway.


22 December 2017