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Protesters march with a banner that reads: 'Disarm, defund, abolish' in red capital letters

A world without incarceration and police may seem a long way off, but there are plenty of things we can change on the way....

Jessie jokes with his dad. Jessie wrote to Briarpatch: ‘Growing up, my dad was in prison. When I got a life sentence, he changed his life and stayed out and has been my support. This picture is me mimicking my nieces, who pull on his beard – it’s something I never got to do as a kid...’ JESSIE MILO

Writing from a Californian prison, Jessie Milo sets out his vision for a more caring society.

Through Abraço Campeão, Alan Duarte works with young people to see a future amid the pressure of constant violence and police raids. JOSIANE SANTANA

Community-based initiatives are helping keep people safe where the police fail. Lucilla Harrell and...

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Abolition can be an everyday practice. Sarah Lamble explores how.

Riot police hit protesters participating in a demonstration against lawmakers’ salary demands outside the parliament buildings in Nairobi in May 2013. THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS/ ALAMY

Mass imprisonment and merciless policing were the preferred tools of control for European colonizers. Patrick...

Making friends at the Bomana  Prison, in Port Moresby City, Papua New Guinea  in December 2017.

Amy Hall explores the movement calling time on prisons and the police while offering an alternative vision...

A trans sex worker takes to the streets of Tegucigalpa  Credit: Frauke Decoodt

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How trans women in Honduras are helping their imprisoned sisters. Frauke Decoodt reports from Tegucigalpa...

Nigeria's security forces have long been accused of brutality, harassment, extorting citizens and locking them up if they are unable to pay.

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Two-thirds of the country’s inmates haven’t even been on trial yet. Nosmot Gbadamosi speaks to an all-woman...

Prisons disproportionately incarcerate survivors of state violence and neglect;  24 per cent of adults in prison grew up in the care system and 29 per cent are survivors of childhood abuse. Credit: Tom Blackout/Unsplash

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Prisons damage people and have always been used by the powerful to control the most marginalized. But can society really do...

24 per cent of adults in prison grew up in the care system and 29 per cent are survivors of childhood abuse.

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The UK has the highest amount of prisoners in Western...

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Bahraini activist Ali Mushaima is on his 37th day of a hunger strike, outside the Bahraini embassy in London. Andrew...

Julian, one of many guerrillas in Colombia’s Bellavista prison.

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Guerrillas talk about the peace process. Alicia Prager reports.

Bahrain

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Despite the atrocious human rights situation in the country, the West finds much to celebrate about Bahrain. Zoe...

Philippine Prisons

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A glimpse of the lives of those sleeping in shifts in Manila's overcrowded jails.

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There is a whole generation behind bars, writes Amy Smith.

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An execution date of 2 February has been set. Please write to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to appeal for clemency....

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