Visioning A World without Prisons: Imagining a Women's Building at Holloway
Prisons are often overlooked: we seldom hold them in mind, and take for granted that we've always needed them. But what if this isn't true? Using the history of Holloway prison, closed since 2016, we'll imagine a world without prisons.
Bringing Feminist Abolitionist principles to bare, we'll consider how through a Women's Building we might better organise our care for each other - including how we tackle issues like gender-based violence - without continuing to rely on our broken criminal justice system.
Mo Mansfield is a social justice campaigner. She worked at Women in Prison, focusing on Holloway, prior to and during its closure. Since then she has campaigned on the future of Holloway: working with Reclaim Justice Network & Reclaim Holloway on the future use of the public land and a legacy Women’s Building. She co-founded Holloway Prison Stories, a website that shares stories about HMP Holloway, collected and contributed by those who have known it.
Mandy Ogunmokun was a prisoner in Holloway and later became a Drugs Worker in the prison. She's now actively involved in the Women’s Building Group for Holloway. Her work is guided by the belief that women need love and homes, not institutions.
Voices of Dissent is New Unity's monthly lecture series. Our speakers are united in their commitment to meaningful social reform. They’re all leading experts in their field, be that economics, politics, science, ecology, or social justice. They refuse to go with the consensus, preferring to ask the difficult questions that others avoid. And then suggest radical answers.
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