First week of #Unlocked16: Short-term holding centres and prisons

What an exciting first week of Unlocking Detention 2016! This first week was partly an introduction to this virtual tour of the UK's immigration detention estate, but also focused on two of the most hidden sites of detention: short-term holding centres; and detention under immigration powers in prisons. A changing landscape This is the third year of Unlocking Detention, and there's [...]

2019-06-03T14:19:14+01:00 October 17th, 2016|

Live Q and A with Abdi, detained in prison

This afternoon, Ben from Detention Action conducted a live Q and A with 'Abdi' who is currently detained, under immigration powers, in a prison. Ben asked Abdi questions that you, the public, had sent us via Twitter and Facebook and at the various Unlocking Detention events Right to Remain and Detention Action have held recently.  Thank you to everyone who sent [...]

2019-05-07T08:22:58+01:00 October 14th, 2016|

The Death Warrant

Image courtesy of Justine Roland-Cal and Freed Voices In this first week of Unlocking Detention 2016 (which runs until 18 December), we are shining a spotlight on perhaps the most hidden sites of detention: short-term holding centres, and immigration detention in prisons. This first blog post of the Unlocking Detention tour is by Abdal, a member of the Freed Voices group. Content [...]

2019-05-28T10:59:46+01:00 October 11th, 2016|

Prison under immigration powers: A plane crash

These piece was written anonymously for #Unlocked15 by a member of the Freed Voices group - 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. I am originally from a country in West Africa. I was trafficked as a young boy and taken to Eastern Europe. My [...]

2019-05-21T10:37:14+01:00 September 21st, 2015|

New BID report on the hidden use of prisons for immigration detention

This week, Bail Immigration for Detainees (BID) published a new report 'Denial of Justice: the hidden use of UK prisons for immigration detention'. As of 31 December 2013, 2,796 people were held in immigration detention in immigration removal centres, in short-term holding facilities, and in pre-departure accommodation, but a further 1214 people were being held as immigration detainees in the prison [...]

2019-05-28T09:52:37+01:00 September 17th, 2014|

“This is not what I was expecting. This prison is scary”: HMP The Verne

By Ben du Preez from Detention Action, with testimony from Jamal who was detained in HMP The Verne.  Detention Action is a member of the Detention Forum. On 24th March 2014, vans carrying migrants began arriving at HM Prison the Verne. Jamal was one of the first 30. He says he will never, ever, forget looking through the van windows up [...]

2019-05-28T09:56:25+01:00 September 17th, 2014|

Foreign national prisoners: The fear of being forgotten

By Francisca Stewart. Francisca works for Article 1, a member organisation of the Detention Forum. Published at OpenDemocracy, as part of a series of articles on unlocking detention. Too often for foreign national prisoners in Britain, the completion of a prison sentence is followed by a period of limbo behind a new set of bars while the state works out what [...]

2019-05-28T09:59:02+01:00 September 12th, 2014|
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