Law, Policing, Justice


Resisting India’s structural limits on suffrage

4 October 2021 Voter suppression and systematic exclusion cast a pall over the world's biggest 'democracy', writes Kavita Krishnan

#TWT21: Red Pepper at The World Transformed

23 September 2021 The World Transformed festival gets underway this weekend - here's where and when you can catch some of Red Pepper's editors and friends.

Nigeria’s endless quest for democracy

1 September 2021 For Nigeria’s switch to civilian rule to be truly democratic, it must ensure that sovereignty resides with its people, writes Synda Obaji

SWexit: What are exit schemes for sex workers missing?

12 July 2021 If earning money is a fundamental reason for entering the sex industry, it is also essential to leaving it, writes Marin Scarlett

The strike won’t stop

22 May 2021 Proposed tax reforms have led to weeks of protest in Colombia. Amidst brutal state repression, and with the initial proposals defeated, Colombians are now demanding much more, Philippa de Boissière and María Mónica Acuña report

Review – Where grieving begins

4 May 2021 Magee's memoir isn't an intimate history of the Brighton Bombing. Instead, it delivers a much more powerful treatise on struggle and reconciliation, writes Daniel Baker

Justice is a world without police

24 April 2021 A guilty verdict for a murderous cop is not a ‘victory’. It’s time to abolish the police, says Lauren Pemberton-Nelson

A protest banner reading Defend the right to Protest

‘Global Britain’, aggressive imperialism and draconian policing

2 April 2021 Belligerent abroad and oppressive at home, the government's rhetoric is being gradually cemented into law. Protest is the only response, writes Rohan Rice

Who decides what counts as ‘political’?

8 February 2021 Government demands for public sector ‘neutrality’ uphold a harmful status quo. For civil servant Sophie Izon, it's time to speak out

End SARS and Fanon’s mission

11 January 2021 The uprisings against police brutality that swept across Nigeria must be contextualised within the country’s colonial history, argues Kehinde Alonge

Whose streets?

28 October 2020 Public spaces became increasingly valued during lockdown – and increasingly policed. We must continue to reclaim and celebrate it for everyone, says Morag Rose

An illustration featuring French Black Lives Matter activist Assa Traoré

Liberté, égalité, anti-racisme

22 October 2020 Anti-racist movements in France are challenging both the state and the traditional left, writes Selma Oumari

Only as bold as we need to be

7 October 2020 Utopianism isn’t a rose-tinted optimism: it’s ‘the realism of hope’ we now desperately need, argues Jack Kellam

Am I a modern slave?

24 September 2020 Lyn Caballero describes her experiences as a migrant domestic worker and explains why domestic workers are campaigning for immigration policy change

Talking back to Shakespeare: theatre in women’s prisons

26 August 2020 Shakespeare’s women can alert us to alternative stories – if we listen to them. In ‘talking back’ to the Bard we can change our own stories, says Charlotte Scott

Solitary punishment in Young Offenders Institutions

21 July 2020 Annahita Moradi assesses the UK’s continued separation of children in custody

Prison profits over healthcare

14 July 2020 Private prisons are bad for prisoners’ health, writes Isaac Ricca-Richardson, but state control is little better while neoliberalism still holds sway

Reversing the flow

10 July 2020 To undo prison culture, we need to reverse exclusionary, utilitarian, capitalist culture. This includes dismantling the school to prison pipeline, argues Ewa Jasiewicz

No police in our schools

8 June 2020 As students return to school and protests against institutional racism spread across the UK, the left must keep monitoring - and opposing - efforts to put police into classrooms, says Remi Joseph-Salisbury

From the US to the UK: shared legacies of black struggle

3 June 2020 Far too often, we think of police brutality in the US as exceptional. Families on both sides of the Atlantic tell stories that prove otherwise. Black Britain must be heard, writes Wail Qasim

Immigration detention and the politics of Covid-19

2 June 2020  The response to the pandemic has allowed us to imagine a world without immigration detention centres, writes Rachel Harger

Brexit’s drug problem

30 May 2019 For all the talk of free-trade, why is ‘Global Britain’ still behind on drug law reform? By Kojo Koram

Reporting conditions for migrants are excessive and punitive

12 March 2019 They make the Hostile Environment even more hostile, writes Mishka

Diversifying the police won’t end institutional racism

7 March 2019 Twenty years after the Macpherson report, Remi Joseph-Salisbury and Laura Connelly explain why more BAME representation won't solve the structural failures of the police.

From borders to prisons: the politics of abolition

30 December 2018 An abolitionist politics seeks to end the violence of the state in systems like prison and immigration detention, and build towards a world without them, write Ru Kaur and Ali Tamlit

Prison is not the answer

25 September 2018 A humane society shouldn't be caging up vulnerable people. Jasmine Ahmed of CAPE (Community Action on Prison Expansion) argues for radical alternatives.

Young Londoners take over the tube highlight the school to prison pipeline

6 September 2018 The school-to-prison pipeline can lock vulnerable students into permanent poverty, reports Kennedy Walker

From muggers to gangs: It’s the same (police) story

9 August 2018 Patrick Williams argues that blaming 'gangs' for social problems further divides communities and fails to tackle the root causes of violence.

How the criminal justice system targets BAME children

4 July 2018 From stop-and-search powers to sentencing decisions, BAME youth face a criminal justice system rigged against them by structural racism. Annahita Moradi

Abandoned by the state: How the police fail survivors of sexual assault

20 June 2018 The police drop so many cases that experts say rape has effectively been ‘decriminalised’ - and that's before we talk about SpyCop abusers. By Marienna Pope-Weidemann

The police are not here to protect you

17 October 2017 The police spend little of their time making arrests, and most crimes are not solved, writes Alex Vitale – their real purpose is social control

It’s time to shut down Yarl’s Wood detention centre

16 May 2017 Hundreds of people surrounded the fences this weekend. Hera Lorandos spoke to women who have suffered inside.

Secrets and spies of Scotland Yard

23 March 2017 A new Espionage Act threatens whistleblowers and journalists, writes Sarah Kavanagh

Black Lives Matter: crisis shutdown

28 October 2016 Kojo Kyerewaa introduces Black Lives Matter UK

Blue lines

1 April 2015 Bail conditions are being used to restrict the right to protest, writes Fanny Malinen

“In Ferguson, a wound bleeds” – open letter from protesters

25 November 2014 Protestors in Ferguson have posted an open letter after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown back in August 2014

Blair Peach: Blood on the streets

12 November 2014 David Renton recalls the events in Southall in 1979 at which the anti-fascist demonstrator, Blair Peach, was murdered by police

My spy

1 October 2014 Mark Thomas and Merrick Badger met at the Edinburgh Fringe festival to discuss their experiences of being spied on

Gerry Conlon: A thirst for justice

1 August 2014 Eamonn McCann reflects on the life of Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four, who became a fighter for justice

How the cops try to predict our next move

16 November 2013 As civil dissent ramps up, UK secret police discover new modes of repression. Kevin Blowe reports on cops, ‘kettles’ and a database profiling thousands of activists

A world without prisons

25 September 2013 Inmates in California began a hunger strike in July, sparking renewed debate about the use of solitary confinement in US prisons. Nicole Vosper offers a personal response and a vision for a world beyond bars

No truck with legal aid reform

8 July 2013 New government plans would see representation of legal aid recipients handed to firms such as G4S and even trucking company Eddie Stobart, says Danny Chivers

Injustice in court

4 July 2013 The extension of secret courts and devastating cuts to legal aid show the government’s contempt for the British justice system, says Jon Robins

Untouchables: a different way to make sense of Leveson

3 December 2012 Untouchables: dirty cops, bent justice and racism in Scotland Yard, by Michael Gillard and Laurie Flynn, reviewed by Kevin Blowe

The Olympics’ security legacy

27 July 2012 Hosting the Olympics could have a serious impact on the civil liberties of people in east London, writes local resident and community activist Kevin Blowe

Family attack: The truth about the right to family life

10 June 2012 As Theresa May launches a high-profile attack on the right to family life, Kate Blagojevic looks at what the rights she wants to remove really mean

Caught in the dragnet

24 May 2012 The controversial legal notion of ‘joint enterprise’ is being used against protesters and alleged gang members alike. Jon Robins reports

From kettles to courtrooms: The police crackdown on protest

25 March 2012 Nina Power explores the significance of the new policing regime facing protesters

Unfair cops: it’s not about ‘bad apples’

7 December 2011 After the News of the World scandal and the death of Mark Duggan, Val Swain asks ‘who will police the police?’

Right to speak: whistleblowers and the law

6 December 2011 One question screams out following the phone hacking scandal: why didn’t anyone other than brave Sean Hoare blow the whistle? By Jon Robins



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