Local councillor Diarmaid Ward says the Ministry of Justice has the opportunity to make a real difference to Islington's housing crisis.
Glyn Robbins calls for prison land in London to remain in public ownership and redeveloped into genuinely affordable homes
The redevelopment of the former Holloway prison site is an opportunity to invest in the future of Islington, argues Matt Ford. Holloway women’s prison in Islington, London, closed in 2016 as part of the government’s £1.3bn prison building and reform programme. Receipts from prison land sales are to be used for the construction of new… Continue reading An opportunity for the people of Islington
by Maureen Mansfield, Women's Resource Centre. A Women’s Building in New York is being developed following the closure of Bayview Women’s Prison. We have a similar potential here in London right now, and a momentum and support we could galvanise on. We are building a coalition of women’s sector organisations and supporters to call for a Women’s… Continue reading A women’s building for Holloway
In the latest issue of Red Pepper magazine Rebecca Roberts writes about the closure of Holloway prison and the Centre's two year project to develop a Community Plan for the site. This initiative offers an opportunity to think through how best to tackle a range of social problems in a local context. By bringing people together… Continue reading What next for the Holloway prison site?
by Sarah Uncles. In 2015, the government unveiled a ‘prison building revolution‘ setting out plans to sell-off old prisons and use the receipts to cover the construction of nine new facilities. This was presented as a significant or ‘radical’ new policy. In reality, it is a continuation of an underlying trend. According to our calculations,… Continue reading Prison closures: Can the community benefit?
by Will McMahon Last week the Community Plan for Holloway held a meeting at a community hall just down the road from the former prison as a first step towards finding out. Despite it being a very cold and dark Friday night, well over one hundred people came to share their ideas. A vibrant discussion took place demonstrating… Continue reading Successful plan for Holloway requires deeds, not words
Rebecca Roberts and Claire Cain call for a managed reduction in the women's prison population alongside the closure of HMP Holloway. At this year’s Conservative party conference, Michael Gove apparently heralded in a new era for criminal justice reform. Prisons need to be managed better, he said. People in prison need to be educated, he… Continue reading Holloway: The beginning of a revolution?