By Mike Vukasinovic
Following the de-nationalized policies of the Tory government of the UK, plans are afoot to privatize new remand centers and the escort of prisoners to and from court. This announcement comes as a prison officer's revolt is happening. The officers are refusing new inmates so that prison cells are being used. Prison authorities are allowing British prisoners to be 3 to a cell built for 1 over a 100 years ago, and locked up for 23 hours a day. Conditions have led to revolts but the governments reply has been heavy handed as usual. No dialogue, just more state repression. Still, the conditions continue. The Tories are deaf to anything that smacks of a climb down even when justice is at stake. Confrontation politics is their motto and to pour oil onto fires are their replies.
Prisoners are trying to organize into a liberation group. Whether it exists or not, no one yet knows. It may be a figment of the imagination of British prison officials.
Anyone interested in more information can contact:
Prisoners AidC/O Oxford ABC
Box ZZ, 34 Cowley Road
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