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Plymouth Social Club Presents: Prison Abolition

22nd November 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Free – £5

Oonagh Ryder is an abolitionist campaigner based in London, and co-host of The Lockdown podcast. From an article penned by Oonagh for Novara Media: 

‘’While crime and punishment are staples of the news cycle, the state of British prisons and their failure to rehabilitate have been under the spotlight during the past two years to an extent not seen since the Strangeways riot in 1990…The response to this ‘prisons crisis’ has been calls for additional funding to reform prisons in order to make them safer and more effective. This narrative often implies that the solution to the failure of prisons is to bring them back to their true purpose: to rehabilitate prisoners and to keep the public safe from crime. An exploration of the history of prisons calls this into question.

Across the British Empire, imprisonment was used to maintain slavery and to prevent resistance. The notion of ‘the criminal’ was applied to entire populations deemed to be uncivilised and dangerous, producing and reinforcing racialised hierarchies. In these colonial ‘laboratories of modernity’ the British government tested and refined methods of controlling populations, tying notions of criminality to race and class in order to do so.’’

We will be exploring this history, the modern state of prisons and what must be done with Oonagh for our third Plymouth Social Club event at Ocean Studios.

Bar, food, and discussion will all be available. Tickets available via our Facebook page.

In partnership with Real Ideas Organisation, Plymouth Social Club is exploring the future and how we can get there together. 


22nd November 2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free – £5
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Ocean Studios
The Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard
Plymouth, Devon PL1 3QQ United Kingdom
0330 223 4158