Our strategic initiative promoting radical alternatives to criminal justice.
The text of the speech Richard Garside gave yesterday to the Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique
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. Today, a petition has been launched, calling for London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, to purchase the former Holloway prison site and protect the land for council homes, community facilities and a women's building.
We have written to London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, urging him to consider purchasing the Holloway prison site in Islington N7.
The ten acre site is currently being marketed for sale by GVA Bilfinger on behalf of the Ministry of Justice and the deadline for bids is 15 November.
The letter, signed by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Islington Hands Off Our Public Services, Islington Axe the Housing Act, Islington Trades Union Council, St George & All Saints Church, Reclaim Holloway, Women in Prison, and Unite Union Housing Workers Branch, says:
In an article for The Guardian, Rebecca Roberts has written about our Community Plan for Holloway project and the battle emerging at the Holloway prison site.
The gloves are off in what is likely to be an historic fight for the future of a ten acre plot of land on the site of the former Holloway prison.
Thank you to everyone who came along to the Community Plan for Holloway open day at St George’s Church, Crayford Road on Saturday 30 September.
More than 150 people stopped by to discuss the future of the Holloway prison site and share ideas for how the land should be developed.
Local MP, Jeremy Corbyn, joined us for a couple of hours and spoke of the huge potential to create affordable housing at the Holloway site.
Our senior policy associate, Rebecca Roberts, has a piece in today's Independent, which questions the value of increasing police officer numbers.
In the aftermath of the UK general election and following a series of horrific terrorist attacks, there have been growing calls for better resourcing of the police. With the consensus about austerity starting to crumble Rebecca argues that we should use it as an opportunity to re-think how we organise and fund public services.
Rebecca Roberts argues that new prisons will do little to solve the ongoing crisis in the system
Will McMahon calls for investment in social work and mental health services rather than the police