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DOPE Magazine, (Dog Section Press)

Full page comic for DOPE Magazine (Dog Section Press)"Bang-up and Smash (BUS) is an overview of women’s prisons in the UK, and a politicalanalysis of their physical and ideological construction. The project began in jail, I was trying to think of ways to kill a bit of ‘bang-up’ and someone suggested making a zine, so I started collecting articles, random quotes and interviewing my mates. I never meant to write a book, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the input fromothers (thank you comrades!). The money from the project is for those still behind bars.My experiences are only important as illustrations of the realities of prison life and asexamples of the ways in which the prison industrial complex exerts itself on those insideand out. Personal anecdotes and random observations are only included in BUS in anattempt to demystify life in an institution.I was talking to someone today who has a family member in jail on an ‘indeterminate lifesentence’. They said that whatever your views on prison, the reality is, when you imprisonsomeone, you are impacting their whole family and support network. One of the aims ofBUS is to show what to expect from this process, from the moment of arrest to cominghome, and to provide practical tools for everyone impacted by incarceration, not just thoseinside." 

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