Prisons

The Death Warrant

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. Trigger warning: self-harm, suicide I think being detained [...]

2016-10-11T05:46:12+00:00 October 11th, 2016|

Prison under immigration powers: a plane crash

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 [...]

2015-09-21T18:02:22+00:00 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 the 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 [...]

2014-09-17T12:55:36+00:00 September 17th, 2014|

Foreign national prisoners: the fear of being forgotten

By Francisca Stewart, 12 September 2014.  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 [...]

2014-09-12T13:53:39+00:00 September 12th, 2014|
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