Public Meeting: What impact will a New Prison in Wellingborough have?

When: Tuesday 10th January 2017 5-7pm

Where: The Victoria Centre, 46-50 Palk Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1HR

Why is a new prison being built when there are cuts to essential services? What impact could the prison have? Could the site be used for a hospital instead?

Wellingborough is set for a new Mega Prison which could have serious repercussions for local people, as well as those harmed by the prison system.

A new prison could push local health, police and other services to breaking point. The promise of jobs hides the fact that the new prison will take jobs away from the local area as they are moved inside the prison, where prison labour is exploited for £6-7 per week. What alternative uses are there for the site? What difference would a new hospital make to our lives instead?

This public meeting is a chance to discuss the prison, local opinion and any opposition to it. Guest speakers include:

• Dr David Scott, Proffessor & Author of “Why Prison?”
• James Mehigan, Criminology Lecturer & Barrister
• An ex-prisoner

Organised by local people with support from Community Action on Prison Expansion

More about the speakers:

David Scott teaches at the Open University. He is a former co-ordinator of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control and co-founding editor of the Journal Justice, Power and Resistance. David has published widely on prisons and penal abolitionism. Book titles include Controversial Issues in Prison (2010); Why Prison? (2013); and Emancipatory Politics and Praxis (2016).

James Mehigan is a lecturer in criminology at the Open University and a barrister at Garden Court Chambers. He is a trustee of the UK branch of Front Line Defenders, a NGO that focuses on the protection of human rights defenders at risk around the world. James is a former member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Pentonville Prison and has a long standing interest in prisons, punishment and abolitionism.