UK’s Forgotten Prisoners, with Smash IPP

Title: UK’s Forgotten Prisoners, with Smash IPP
Location: Space Studio, Norwich
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Description: We’re well excited to open our 2017 film run with a visit from Smash IPP, an anarchist organisation working to end Imprisonment for Public Protection sentences and support those affected by them. Here is more about them in their own words…

“Resisting the Prison Industrial Complex with Smash IPP

Learn about how the prison industrial complex is growing in England and Wales and what you can do to resist it as part of the 2017 Smash IPP year of resistance!

The workshop will share info on the new mega prisons and IPP prisoners. More than 3989 people are serving IPP (Imprisonment for Public Protection) sentences in British prisons. Five years since the sentence was legally abolished, thousands still languish in jails with no release date. Parole board delays, prison overcrowding and sheer neglect is leading to unprecedented rates of prisoner suicides. IPPs have one of the highest rates of self harm in the prison system in its entirety. 80% are over tariff and desperate to be free.

IPPs are part of the exponential prison expansion that has been happening in recent years – since 1993 the prison population has doubled in the UK and sentences like IPP which has meant there has been a growing number of long term prisoners has massively contributed to this.

2017 will be a year of action to free IPP’s. Prisons are a frontline for resisting racism, sexism and working class exploitation.”

The evening will have a slightly different format to our usual nights. It will begin with a short documentary, UK’s Forgotten Prisoners, followed by a communal workshop about prison abolition in general and more specifically the issue of IPP. This workshop will be lead by members of Smash IPP.

To learn more about them then please visit the website at

Our event will take place on the third floor of Space Studio, a place without a lift, which makes it difficult for people with accessibility issues. If you want to come but stairs are difficult for you then please send us a message and we’ll see what can be done.

Entry is free. Bring your own food and drink if you wish.
Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2017-02-12
End Time: 21:00

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