Will McMahon

Holloway prison site to go on sale this autumn

The Ministry of Justice is planning to put the former Holloway prison site up for sale this autumn. The news came in a letter from the Justice Secretary, David Lidington, to our Director, Richard Garside.

In the letter, Mr Lidington wrote that 'we will be seeking expressions of interest for the site from interested parties ahead of formal marketing which we expect to take place in the autumn'. Mr Lidington also indicated that 'redevelopment for a residential-led scheme is the most likely option'.

Holloway Prison Visitor's Centre occupied by protesters

At 14:30 on Saturday 27th May, feminist direct action group Sisters Uncut occupied Holloway Prison Visitor’s Centre to demand that the empty space be used to support local domestic violence survivors. Eight activists entered the building via an open window, as 150 rallied outside.  One of the key issues they are raising is the closure of domestic violence services since the credit crunch of 2008.

Community Plan for Holloway on London Live

TV News channel, London Live, recently covered our Community Plan for Holloway initiative, with interviews from Will McMahon, Chris Hignett and Becka Hudson.

The closure of Holloway prison offers a once in a generation opportunity to create much needed facilities, homes and services for the people of Islington. We are working with local people and community groups to put forward a positive vision for the site.

Watch the short clip below to find out more:

Centre welcomes abandonment of Troubled Families Programme

Our report arguing that claims of success for the Troubled Families Programme were ‘too good to be true’ was cited this morning on the Radio Four Today programme.

The programme also heard from Professor Jonathan Portes, formerly of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR), who said the controversial Programme had in effect been abandoned.

While at NIESR, Professor Portes was part of team that evaluated the Programme. They found that 'participation in the programme had no significant or systemic impact' on the families.

Redevelop Reading prison to benefit local community

The redevelopment of the former Reading prison should benefit the local community, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has said.

The former prison has been hosting an arts exhibition – Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison – since September, attracting over 50,000 visitors.

Now Artangel, the exhibition organisers, have called for the Grade II-listed prison to remain as an arts centre on a permanent basis.

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