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13 September 2017

Rate of black imprisonment worse than US

Fighting racism means fighting capitalism: David Lammy's report highlights the oppression faced by black and Asian people without addressing its key causes

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17 May 2017

Palestinian prisoners on mass hunger strike protest

Israel/Palestine: The Strike of Freedom and Honour is the name given to an indefinite mass hunger strike of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, which started on Palestinian Prisoner Day, 17 April.

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5 April 2017

Gagged Jobstown defendants defiantly expose the Irish state

The 'Assembly for Justice' in Dublin was an inspiring display of working class solidarity with those facing trial for 'false imprisonment'

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30 March 2017

Video: Jobstown not guilty! Irish Socialist TD Paul Murphy speaks

Outside the Criminal Court (CCJ) this morning

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15 February 2017

Prison deaths scandal

The latest government statistics show yet another record high in prison deaths and violence

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11 February 2017

Gun Crime - Fact And Fiction

THE KILLING of two innocent young black women on New Years Day, apparently caught in the crossfire of a gang battle, sparked a flurry of media interest in gun crime, writes Steve Score.

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22 December 2016

Why prison officers rejected pay and pensions deal

A prison officer explains the truth surrounding the deal. The guaranteed three year pay deal of 0.5-1% a year is a fallacy: neither the government or the national offender management service have the power to implement this.

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15 November 2016

Mass prison officer walkout over health and safety

The last issue of the Socialist published an article by a prison officer detailing the reasons for the crisis in the prisons and calling for action. On 15 November action was taken.

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9 November 2016

Action needed to defend workers at the sharp end of prisons crisis

The latest national statistics on safety in our prison system were released recently. These quarterly figures have been breaking records and setting new "unprecedented highs" systematically since 2010 - a year which 'coincidentally' ties in with the culling of 7,000 prison officers' jobs.

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2 November 2016

My time in a detention centre

"I was encouraged to work - for 1 an hour" Tamil Solidarity activist Nandan, who recently spent several weeks in a Home Office detention centre, spoke to the Socialist about his experience of organising against the exploitation of inmates and the campaign to fight for refugee rights.

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26 October 2016

Ireland: Jobstown protester found guilty

Outrageously, a student who peacefully protested against water charges in 2014 has been found guilty of falsely imprisoning the then deputy PM.

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24 August 2016

Would you call G4S for help over discrimination?

The Tories have handed the contract for the government's Equality Advisory and Support Service discrimination helpline to notorious privatisers G4S.

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13 July 2016

Angry walk out over reforms

Prison officers in England and Wales staged unofficial walkouts on 8 July

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13 July 2016

Nine-month prison sentence for fleeing ethnic cleansing

Abdul Rahman Haroun, a 40-year-old Sudanese refugee, was sentenced to nine months in prison for trying to reach the UK by walking the Channel Tunnel.

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11 May 2016

Prison officers walk out over health and safety

Over 50 workers at Wormwood Scrubs prison walked out over health and safety issues on 6 May. The Prison Officers' Association said the move comes after recent assaults on staff, and said the jail was "flooded with drugs, mobile phones and weapons".

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Dalton Trumbo, photo Huntington Theatre Company/Creative Commons

Dalton Trumbo, photo Huntington Theatre Company/Creative Commons

9 March 2016

Film review: 'Trumbo' - from the red carpet to the blacklist and back again

The movie Trumbo tells the story of the 151 US film industry stars who were blacklisted for alleged communist sympathies. Specifically the 'Hollywood Ten' whose fame and wealth didn't stop them being jailed by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

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9 March 2016

Letters

Letters to the Socialist's editors. Responses to International Women's Day and comments on the left case for EU exit.

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20 January 2016

Workplace news in brief

Prison cuts: On 14 January, prison officers' union the POA held a special delegate conference in Daventry called for by the Wormwood Scrubs branch

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6 January 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Prison officers' conference to discuss attacks at work; junior doctors' strike back on; fighting the anti-union bill in Lancashire.

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25 November 2015

Transgender woman dies after spiteful courts pick men's prison

A transgender woman has died after courts sentenced her to 12 months in a men's prison. Vicky Thompson was found dead on 13 November at Armley Jail in Leeds.

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