January 30, 2020
From North East Anarchist Group (UK)

Study for Struggle 6 – Police, prison and crime

Due to the coronavirus outbreak this session was cancelled in March but in light of the recent protests in the US in response to the police killing of George Floyd we feel like this is an important time to have the discussions on the police and their role in our society. We will running this session as an online reading group and if popular we can look to run more online reading groups as we continue to socially distance during lockdown.

For our second reading group session of the year, we will look to the massively complex topics of police, prison and crime. This is a controversial subject and one which has a lot of different opinions from a lot of different people and is one of the most common subjects that is brought up when discussing a world without the State and it’s enforcers. We understand we won’t be able to get really into the nitty gritty of this subject in the given time but we think can begin a fruitful discussion on the reality of policing and prisons and their relations to capitalism, crime and community.

Our next session will be at 7pm on Thursday 26th March 2020, at The Britannia Inn, Darlington.

Our next session will be 7:30pm on Thursday 25th June 2020, online on Jitsi. If you would like to attend please contact NEAG on Twitter, Facebook or via e-mail and we will add you to our mailing list that will e-mail the conference link too.

Check out the texts below and we hope to see you there!

Some questions to consider:-

What is the purpose of the police?

What is the relation between capitalism, the police and the prison system?

How and why does policing disproportionately effect people of colour?

How and why does policing disproportionately effect poor people?

How are international borders related to policing and prison?

Do prisons really work in ‘rehabilitating’ people and making communities safer?

What potential alternatives can you see to dealing with crime under anarchist communism?

Check out the texts below and we hope to see you there!


What is the prison industrial complex? By Empty Cages Collective


Origins of the police by David Whitehouse


Are Prisons Obsolete? Chapter 5 – Prison Industrial Complex By Angela Y. Davis


NEAG Note: The company mentioned in the above text, Wackenhut, is now what we know as G4S, a British security company that is Europes largest private employer. 

Anarchy Works, Chapter 5 – Crime by Peter Gelderloos


From Minneapolis to London: who polices the police?



Prison Island by Corporate Watch

Detailing recent prison expansion in the UK, also touching on transformative justice and prison labour.


Prison Industrial Complex

Study for Struggle is the North East Anarchist Group’s reading group, where we get together and discuss texts relating to radical politics and the emancipatory struggle for freedom

We hope to see some of you there and if you decide to participate further, you can help shape the content of future reading group sessions! So please get involved!

None of us are experts! So come along and join the discussion!


Source: Northeastanarchistgroup.org