Bang up and Smash 2nd ed

Bang up and Smash 2nd ed

Women’s Prisons, Probation and Bail Hostels. An in-depth, personal guide book to surviving in a UK women’s prison. Second, revised edition, Active 2022

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An overview of women’s prisons in the UK, and a political analysis of their physical and ideological construction. This 2nd edition contains an updated introduction and resources section.

From the moment of arrest, to coming home, Bang Up and Smash critically engages with the procedures, concepts and apparatus the state relies on, and the economics behind the expansion of the prison industrial complex. Bang Up and Smash is a practical guide to women’s prisons in the UK, and a rallying call to attack.

Solidarity is a weapon, and abolition is not enough…

If you would like to send copies to anyone in (or going to) prison contact ASBO direct at asbo.hmp @ for a cheap copy.

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