Criminal justice


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

Secrets and spies of Scotland Yard

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

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

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

A radical alternative to prison?

15 November 2009 The community justice centre in Liverpool has been called a more enlightened approach to dealing with crime. Jon Robins investigates if, and how, it works

Guilty as not charged

3 June 2009 Hicham Yezza, a student at the University of Nottingham, was cleared of all charges after his arrest for 'terrorism' - but now faces deportation anyway. Prison officials are blocking Red Pepper's attempts to contact him, but Andy Bowman spoke to two of his close friends about the case

Torture at Angola prison

5 February 2009 President Obama promises to close Guantanamo, but Lousiana court proceedings in the Angola Five case expose brutality closer to home, reports Jordan Flaherty