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Constitutional conventions: best practice


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A look at the state of prisons today


A call for better prison policy in a time of austerity

As prisoner numbers soar in England and Wales MPs express grave concerns about rising suicides and increased assaults.

Rape culture: would prison abolition help women?

What would transformative justice for survivors look like? Part of Transformation's prison abolition series.

Murder in Guantanamo

Ron Ridenhour became a famous journalist, with an annual prize for bravery awarded in his name after his early death at 52. Will Joseph Hickman get one this year?

A silent cry in the crowded streets of Bilbao

Once again, thousands have marched in the city of Bilbao to protest the "policy of dispersal" against Basque prisoners and call for their repatriation.

There is no such thing as prison reform: an interview with CeCe McDonald

CeCe McDonald was sent to prison for defending herself against a hate crime. On the one year anniversary of her release, she discusses how to fight back against oppression. Part of Transformation's prison abolition series.

Working in the Gulag

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Russia’s Prison Service, the FSIN, wants to put inmates’ employment on a more businesslike footing, but their working conditions are still more like slave labour.

 

Women in prison: the cycle of violence

Most women in prison in Britain have experienced sexual or domestic violence, yet the system fails to address their needs and further victimises them. For some, it is the end of the road.

The national shame that is healthcare in UK immigration detention

Four years ago G4S was involved in the unlawful killing of an immigration detainee called Jimmy Mubenga. Now they're winning NHS contracts to care for detainees.

Clawing at the sky: fighting for political prisoners in Syria

"It is the most monstrous thing they can do to the Syrian people”. Fadwa Mahmoud, mother, wife and comrade to forcibly disappeared leftist activists, tells us her story of pain and perseverance on the second anniversary of her family's abduction by the Syrian security forces.

A letter from Alaa

Alaa Abdel Fattah, a prominent Egyptian blogger and activist, was arrested on 28 November 2013. This is a letter he wrote on 24 December 2013, from his prison cell to his sisters. openDemocracy is honoured to publish this letter to remind people on January 25, the anniversary of Egypt's revolution, of political prisoners everywhere.

Women's 'secure estate': Does the punishment fit the crime ?

Incarceration is emblematic of women’s confined and marginalised position in society. Reducing women’s imprisonment in the UK is a social justice imperative, says Jenny Earle

Extraordinary rendition and secret prisons in the context of the Arab Spring

Would it be too naive to hope that the Arab Spring might have a positive impact on our ability to hold, and tenacity in holding, our government and its agents to account in their dealings with the Arab (and wider) world?

Outcasts — inmates of the Black Eagle

In Stalin’s time there were nearly a hundred GULag camps in Ivdel. Today, the maximum security penal colony FBU-IK 56 survives in their place. Ekaterina Lushnikova travelled there to speak to the inmates — some of Russia’s most hardened criminals.

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