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The Anarchist Black Cross was originated in Tsarist Russia to organise aid for political prisoners. In the late 1960s the organisation resurfaced in Britain, where it first worked to aid prisoners of the Spanish resistance fighting the dictator Franco's police. Now it has expanded and groups are found in many countries around the world. We support anarchist and other class struggle prisoners, fund-raise on behalf of prisoners in need of funds for legal cases or otherwise, and organise demonstrations of solidarity with imprisoned anarchists and other prisoners.

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The Prison Works

Occasional Texts On The Roles Of Prison And Prison Labour

Join fund raising publication from Brighton ABC and the Campaign Against Prison Slavery. Four articles: What Is Prison For? - a short guide to the history and theory of crime and punishment from an anarchist perspective; Prison Works? - the role of prison labour; Are Prisoners Slaves? - an opinion piece commissioned by the Independent Monitor; and Why Prisoner Solidarity? - the full text of an article from Freedom Vol. 70 No. 20. [20 pages] Also available as a paper copy for 1 including postage. Reprinted and available again.

In PDF format

Inside the Cages:

Animal Liberation and Imprisonment by Lewis Pogson

'A collection of letters, interviews and articles, some previously published, detailing a young activist's two and a half year journey within the prison system. These writings not only explain the motivations of an animal liberationist and reflect his experience of prison, but address issues prisoners face on release from gaol; namely those of probation and licence conditions'.

Unfortunately the pamphlet is out of print but can be viewed in PDF format.

A follow-up article by Lewis is also available in the Bristol ABC zine 'On The Out: A zine about life after prison', downloadable in PDF format here.

HM Prison Service: A Survival Guide

Written by an ex-prisoner, this is a free downloadable guide to the whole nasty prison experience, for those of you about to go inside for the first time, or anybody wanting to get some useful info about a world that, thankfully, not everybody will experience.

"Before I went to prison a good friend advised me on the basics; the slang, the mind games, what to take, how to act and how to make a curry in a kettle.
Not only did this information help me during my sentence, but it made my mum and girlfriend infinitely less anxious and able to deal with the experience... that's why I wrote this guide, to give other people the same helping hand."
- Carl Cattermole

"This is the essential guide to prison... it's witty, informative and comprehensive - essential reading"
- Will Self

Download your pdf copy here.

The Prison Within The Prison

The Spanish State's prison system condemns political and rebellious prisoners to the FIES isolation units, brutal and dehumanising "prisons within the prisons" which have been the focus of widespread resistance, on both sides of the walls. In this booklet, some of the participants in this revolt against prisons and the state share their thoughts and experiences. [38 pages] Also available as a paper copy for 1 including postage. SOLD OUT

In PDF format


In PDF format:

Writing To Prisoners [printable]

Social Prisoners [printable]