Resource Library


Empty Cages Collective: Anarchist collective building a movement to dismantle the prison industrial complex –
Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England (WISE-RA): Prisoner union as part of the International Workers of the World. Organise various prisoner solidarity and prison labour campaigns –
Smash IPP: Work with prisoners and prisoner families to free IPP (Imprisonment for Public Protection) prisoners who are serving life sentences for minor crimes –
Jengba: Joint Enterprise not guilty by association – a campaign fighting for people convicted for joint enterprise –
Miscarriages of Justice UK: Campaigning for miscarriages of justice in the prison system –
Bent Bars: A letter-writing project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, gender-variant, intersex, and queer prisoners in Britain –
Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement: US based anti-prison group with some very inspiring texts and analysis on prison abolition and wider social struggle –
Till All Are Free: Online directory of Anarchist Black Cross groups around the world –
Bristol Anarchist Black Cross: local prisoner support crew –
• Fight Toxic Prisons: amazing crew building links between mass incarceration and environmental justice –


  • Are Prisons Obsolete? Angela Yvonne Davis
  • Instead of Prisons: Handbook for Abolitionists – Comprehensive text on alternatives to prison and the decarceration movement
  • The Abolitionist Toolkit -Toolkit for abolitionists developed by Critical Resistance
  • Abolition Now! Ten years of strategy and struggle against the prison industrial complex by Critical Resistance
  • Beyond Walls and Cages – Prisons, borders and global crisis. Book edited by Jenna M Lloyd, Matt Mitchelson and Andrew Burridge
  • The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. Edited by L. L. Samarasinha and others
  • Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California. Book by Ruth Wilson Gilmore
  • Captive Genders: Transembodiment and Prison Industrial Complex – Book by Nat Smith and Eric Stanley
  • A Crime Called Freedom, Writings of Os Cangaceiros
  • Global Lockdown: Race, Gender, and the Prison-Industrial Complex. Book by Julia Subury
  • Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles Of Incarcerated Women. Book by Victoria Law
  • The New Abolitionists: (Neo) slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison Writings. Edited by Joy James
  • The Struggle Within: Prisons, Political Prisoners, and Mass Movements in the United States. Book by Dan Berger
  • Unruly Women. The Politics of Confinement & Resistance. Book by Karlene Faith
  • Strangeways: a serious disturbance. Book by Eric Allison and Nicki Jameson
  • Mass Incarceration, Political Prisoners, and Building a Movement for Community-Based Justice by David Gilbert
  • HMP – A Survival Guide by Carl Cattermole
  • Abolition Now! Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex.Book edited by Critical Resistance

Zines and Shorter Publications

  • Towards Transformative Justice – Generation Five
  • An Anarchist Re-Imagining: Communities of Resistance, Addressing Borders, Capitalism and Prisons
  • What About the Rapists? – Zine with a collection of articles representing different approaches to the problem of harm and domination in our communities, including transformative justice-based accountability processes
  • Creative Interventions – Toolkit to stop interpersonal violences
  • Against Equality: Prisons will not Protect You. Book edited by Ryan Conrad
  • The Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
  • Progressive Punishment: Job Loss, Jail Growth, and the Neoliberal Logic of Carceral Expansion by Judah Schept
  • Close Supervision Centres – Torture Units in the UK #1 and #2 Publication produced by Bristol ABC about Close Supervision Centres
  • Freedom First by Firehawk and Ben Turk
  • The Writings of John Bowden
  • The Struggle against the Maxi Prison in Brussels
  • The Prison Works. Occasional texts on the roles of prison and prison labour – By Joe Black/Bra Bros. Published by Brighton ABC


  • Visions of Abolition
  • Critical Queers
  • 13th
  • Injustice Documentary
  • Dyke Jails
  • Gentleman Bank Robber
  • The Prison in Twelve Landscapes


  • The Lockdown
  • No More Prisons
  • Rustbelt Abolition Radio
  • Beyond Prisons
  • It’s Going Down
  • Kite Line
  • A-Radio Berlin