Prison

This zine offers an excellent critique of prisons, arguing that prison is not just a physical site but also a condition that exists within society. Specifically, it offers a solid analysis of prison abolition, arguing that in seeking to “shrink” the prison industrial complex, abolitionists often end up replacing prison with other less brutal institutions. Consequently, prison doesn’t disappear but rather its mechanisms – surveillance, militarization of the police, etc – spread throughout society.

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This pamphlet is a good introduction to the topic of writing to prisoners. It covers what is probably the most asked about question: “what should I write about?” in a lot of detail and includes a ton of helpful suggestions. It also includes tips for improving the chances that letters will get through, how to find prisoners, etc.

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    Earth Warriors Are OK! ZineEarth Warriors Are OK! Zine

    This is a very good zine for people interested in doing prisoner support work. It’s a mix of updates about the “Green Scare” that has targeted animal and earth liberation warriors in the Midwest as well as practical advice on how to support prisoners (how to write them, ideas for starting support groups, etc), advice on dealing with Grand Juries, and advice on dealing with general repression. A very thorough resource.

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    A Practical Guide to Prisoner SupportA Practical Guide to Prisoner Support

    A Practical Guide To Prisoner Support is a good introduction to providing support to prisoners. The zine mainly focuses on giving tips on how to write to prisoners, including what to say (and what not to say) and what to expect.

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      This zine provides basic tips on doing prison support for prisoners associated with the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). The tips cover things ranging from what to write (and what not to write) in letters to prisoners to ideas for sending books to prisoners. A good, short, basic overview.

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      Book coverCan’t Hear Me Scream

      An account written while inside prison from Valerie Morse — one of the ‘Urewera 16’ — of life in prison, the bureacracy and arbitrary exercise of power, and how those on the outside can support those trapped within. “They can imprison our bodies but our hearts and minds will always be FREE.”

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      featured imageJail An Insight Into Prison Life In Ireland

      Castlerea Prison, Co Roscommon.
      On 21st April 2010 I was convicted of assaulting a number of Gardaí in relation to Shell to Sea protests and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment. Remission for good behaviour means that prisoners will have their sentences reduced by a quarter, once you keep your nose clean. I was given credit for 2 weeks time served previously in 2009, before I was bailed out pending my appeal.
      So I spent 4 months in jail from April to August in the summer of 2010.
      (Above Art) a Composite of Van Gogh’s ‘Exercise Yard’
      & Munch’s ‘Scream’ by Prisoner Mick Connors.