Brook House

Week 3 of #Unlocked16: Brook House and Tinsley House

Week 3 of Unlocking Detention was all about Brook and Tinsley Houses. Together they make up the Gatwick site of detention, situated roughly 200 metres from the main runway at Gatwick Airport. Brook House was opened in 2009 and is built to the standards of a Category B prison.  One year after opening,  the independent inspectorate that reports on the treatment [...]

2019-04-30T12:53:44+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|

Live Q and A with Jon, detained in Brook House

This week Unlocking Detention has been ‘visiting’ Brook and Tinsley Houses, respectively. Together they make up the Gatwick site of detention, situated roughly 200 metres from the main runway at Gatwick Airport. On Friday afternoon, Ben from Detention Action conducted a live Twitter Q&A with Jon, whose detention in Brook House stood at 18 months and counting... https://twitter.com/SDVisitors/status/791977424900726784 To kick off, a huge shout-out [...]

2019-04-30T13:11:27+00:00 October 28th, 2016|

The hidden, human reality of indefinite detention

By James Wilson,  director of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group.  Imagine being in prison but not held for a crime, counting up the days since you were detained but never able to count down to release, probably entitled only to 30 minutes of free legal advice which will conclude with the solicitor telling you that there is nothing they can do.  In [...]

2019-04-30T13:13:47+00:00 October 26th, 2016|

A Letter to The Old Me, Before Brook House

Trigger warning: suicide This year, Unlocking Detention is particularly focusing on the impact of detention on an individual’s immediate social circle – their friends and family.  This piece by Ajay is the first of several on this theme from members of the Freed Voices group. When he was asked how detention had impacted those around him Ajay said that ‘there was [...]

2019-04-30T13:20:39+00:00 October 23rd, 2016|

Unlocking Detention visits Brook House

Last week, it was Brook House detention centre's turn to be 'visited' by Unlocking Detention. https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/653472708886294528 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/654599119961325568 https://twitter.com/GatDetainees/status/653900797810487296 https://twitter.com/GatDetainees/status/654613143952470016 We had some brilliant articles published during Brook House week.  There was a really interesting piece published by our partners The Justice Gap, on the politics of space and time, looking at the Refugee Tales walk along the Pilgrim's Way, which involved [...]

2019-05-21T09:11:52+00:00 October 19th, 2015|

My four months in Brook House: I did all I could not to let it destroy me

This piece was written for Unlocking Detention by Yann, a member of the Freed Voices group. Freed Voices are a group of experts-by-experience who are dedicated to speaking out about the realities of detention in the UK and campaigning for detention reform. It was originally published by the Justice Gap, an online magazine about the law and justice, who are partnering [...]

2019-05-21T09:38:32+00:00 October 13th, 2015|

Brook House week…

Brook House week...  12 to 18 Oct Unlocking Detention team looks back on the week they visited Brook House detention centre, near Gatwick Airport. ========================================================== Unlocking Detention visited Brook House Immigration Removal Centre, near Gatwick Airport.  This centre and another one nearby called Tinsley House, are visited and supported by our member, Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group.  They are also a member of [...]

2014-10-24T13:00:27+00:00 October 24th, 2014|

Flip flops placed neatly outside isolation unit doors

The writer visited one of the wings of Brook House Immigration Removal Centre a few years ago.  This is an edited version of his diary.  Several months previously, I was part of a small group of people who were given a tour inside one of the high-security immigration detention centres.  Towards the end of the tour, we were led into the [...]

2014-10-16T14:15:51+00:00 October 16th, 2014|

Animals or slaves? Memories of a migrant detention centre

This article by H was published as part of Unlocking Detention series on Open Democracy. One man tells of his experience of being incarcerated in the UK for three years for being a migrant, and why the memories of violence and conflict in Brook House – where he attempted suicide – will never leave him. Brook House is a migrant detention centre [...]

2014-10-14T17:20:42+00:00 October 14th, 2014|
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