HISTORY ACTS 21 – PRISONS IN LOCKDOWN
How the pandemic has exacerbated the appalling conditions in prisons and migrant detention centres, and how abolitionist and anti-prison expansion activists are adapting to socially distant forms of organising.
Tuesday 19 May: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
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With lockdown in place History Acts has gone online, with some quickly-organised workshops, focusing specifically on activists’ responses to the pandemic. For our fourth event we are discussing the crisis in prisons and migrant detention centres.
Cambridge Prisoner Detainee Solidarity is an abolitionist activist group standing in solidarity with those incarcerated in Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre and the four Cambridgeshire prisons by campaigning for their safety and protection.
The Prisoner Solidarity Network is a group of people committed to dismantling the criminal justice system and building a society based on collective care. Our members include people inside and outside of prisons. Some of us are ex-prisoners and some are children, partners or friends of people inside.
Dr Ben Bethell is an historian of penal theory, policy and practice. His publications include ‘An exception too far: “gentleman” convicts and the 1878-9 Penal Servitude Acts Commission’, and ‘Defining “unnatural crime”: sex and the English convict system, 1850-1900’.
Dr Katherine Roscoe is a historical criminologist researching global mobilities, unfree labour and racial inequalities, with a particular focus on mid-nineteenth century crime and punishment in Britain and its former empire. Her current project focuses on the history of the Cockatoo Island Convicts.