Three reasons to go to our prison abolition talk

  • “On Wednesday 26th March a hearing will take place to decide whether Stacey Hyde has permission to appeal against her murder conviction.” (link to Justice for Stacy Hyde)
  • “Jeremy also writes that he is working his way through all the books people have been sending him from his wishlist and thoroughly enjoying all of them. Of course, he shares them with other inmates, and says that there are often lines at his cell to borrow books” (link to
  • “The general presumption will be that items for prisoners will not be handed in or sent in by their friends or families unless there are exceptional circumstances,” (link to Sending prisoners books banned in England & Wales)
7pm Tuesday 25th March 2014
Room G5, St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road, Meadowbank, Edinburgh, 
EH7 6AE.
“Tear Down The Walls” is the rallying cry of abolitionists around the 
world. For those people who understand the harm caused by prisons, the 
concept of dismantling the prison-industrial-complex seems like the most 
logical conclusion. But there are still those who cannot imagine a world 
without prisons. That is why, this March, members of the Empty Cages 
Collective will be travelling the country to host workshops on the 
prison-industrial-complex and prison abolition.
There are currently 85,690 people held in prison, not including people 
detained under the Mental Health Act, in Secure Children’s homes or in 
Immigration detention. The prison population of Britain has doubled over 
the last twenty years.
Not only do we have the highest prison population per capita in Europe, 
but we also have the most privatised prison system with 11.6% (over 
10,000) of prisoners held in private prisons. Plans are already under 
way to build the country’s first “super prison” in Wrexham that would 
hold 2,000 people alone.
It is clear that we are seeing a growing trend towards an ever expanding 
prison-industrial-complex similar to the one we see today in the United 
States. The United States has 25% of the global prison population 
despite only being home to 4% of the world’s population.
Now is the perfect time to strike and stem the growth of the 
prison-industrial-complex in our country. Though the drive towards 
privatisation and increased incarceration has already begun it is not 
too late to organise to stop it.
The aim of the Tear Down The Walls Tour is to highlight the importance 
of prison abolition as part of the wider struggle against oppression and 
spread literacy around the prison society. We will also be promoting our 
project, Prison Abolition 2014, which is a year of action & organising 
against the prison-industrial-complex.