Prisons do nothing we’d expect them to do. They don’t prevent reoffending or deter offending, instead isolating people from their families and communities before returning them scarred by senseless violence and torture.
Prisons are part of a larger system of colonialism and capitalism. Prisoners are paid less than a dollar per hour to do labour, and often denied parole if they don’t – prisons are a moneymaking success. Our justice system disproportionately jails Māori – prisons are a white supremacist, colonial success.
Together, we believe we can bring an end to prisons, once and for all.