The Verne

Live Q and A with Mark, detained in The Verne

This week Unlocking Detention has been 'visiting' The Verne detention centre, in Dorset.  On Friday afternoon, Ben from Detention Action conducted a live interview with Mark who is currently detained there. Ben alerted those following the Q and A that, as with last week, communication was going to be difficult - the remoteness of the Verne means there's always a bad [...]

2019-05-06T13:15:41+00:00 October 21st, 2016|

The Verne: An exercise in societal segregation

By Susannah Willcox, Advocacy Coordinator at Detention Action. Trigger warning: suicide In August this year, there was public outcry at the proposed introduction of a new Detention Services Order (DSO) on Rule 40 and Rule 42, the two detention centre rules that detail when it is ‘acceptable’ to place people in segregation or solitary confinement within detention. Spelling out guidance to [...]

2019-05-06T15:26:28+00:00 October 19th, 2016|

The Verne: Let my people go

By Mo*, 12 months in detention** Detention in the Verne is like being stuck in an island, in an island, in an island, in an island. Your cell is the centre. It is where I am most lonely, forever. I have been in the Verne one year. I am the asylum seeker. No-one tell me anything about the process of detention. [...]

2019-05-06T15:34:40+00:00 October 16th, 2016|

Visiting The Verne detention centre

We asked members of the Verne Visitors group to share their thoughts and experiences on visiting people at the Verne.  We were interested to hear what led them to start visiting, what they discovered when they started visiting, what they thought the hardest part of visiting was, and to describe their experiences a little. David I started visiting in January this [...]

2019-05-21T08:53:37+00:00 October 29th, 2015|

When we ‘visited’ The Verne…

The first stop of this year's Unlocking Detention tour was the Verne detention centre. https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/649889152616525824 Last year when we visited the Verne, it was still a prison.  It has recently become the latest addition to the detention estate in May 2015. This smooth transition from 'prison' to '(administrative)detention centre' is, of course problematic - as the building remains a prison. https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/649506552454352896 [...]

2019-05-21T10:07:41+00:00 October 6th, 2015|

My first time visiting The Verne

This piece is written by Rahwa Fessahaye, Advocacy Co-ordinator at Detention Action The first time I went to Verne IRC was in November 2014, a few weeks after I had returned from maternity leave. I was curious to see the centre as, up until that point, Detention Action had only run workshops in Harmondsworth and Colnbrook IRCs. Dorset felt like a world [...]

2019-05-21T10:25:44+00:00 September 30th, 2015|

The Verne IRC: detention on your doorstep

As well as shining a spotlight on the very specific physical sites of detention which make up the UK's detention estate, 'Unlocking Detention' is also about highlighting the ways in which detention impacts communities outside. With this week's focus on The Verne, Detention Action picked up their mic and asked three locals from Weymouth, the town adjacent to the IRC, what they felt [...]

2019-05-21T10:28:33+00:00 September 29th, 2015|

‘There are few visitors here’: The Verne, immigration detention on an island

By Pat, a member of the Verne Visitors Group and Detention Forum volunteer Above the Chesil Beach It’s difficult not to think about location. Bus number 1 from Weymouth city centre goes towards Portland Island, the southernmost point in the county of Dorset. The island is tied to the mainland by a long barrier beach: formation made up of sand, slit [...]

2019-05-21T10:33:08+00:00 September 28th, 2015|

“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+00:00 September 17th, 2014|
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