- Created: Tuesday, 18 December 2018 11:30
- Written by Martyn Franek
Prison Island – prison expansion in England and Wales, Corporate Watch, 2018 [https://corporatewatch.org/prisonisland/]
‘When the prison doors are opened, the real dragon will fly out.’ – Ho Chi Minh
Prison Island is a valuable educational resource, covering an array of topics like forced labour, the companies lobbying and supporting several planned prison complexes and the misleading nature of state propaganda. While the perspective from which it is presented is one of utopian anarchist abolitionism, the material in the report is of use to all those opposing the capitalist punishment system.
England and Wales have the highest imprisonment rate in Western Europe at 148.3 prisoners per 100,000 people, amounting to 85,000 prisoners currently behind bars in 122 prisons. (This does not include Scotland or the north of Ireland, whose populations are counted separately.) 18% of these prisoners are held in private prisons – a higher percentage than in any other European country or the US.