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Articles by Candice Bernd

America’s Toxic Prisons: The Environmental Injustices of Mass Incarceration

by Candice Bernd, Zoe Loftus-Farren and Maureen Nandini Mitra

Matthew Morgenstern is convinced his Hodgkin’s lymphoma was caused by exposure to toxic coal ash from the massive dump right across the road from SCI Fayette, a maximum-security prison in LaBelle, Pennsylvania, where he is currently serving a 5- to 10-year ...

Climate Refugees in Toxic Immigrant Jails Are Victims of Environmental Racism

by Candice Bernd, Truthout

In April 2017, the Northwest Washington again made headlines after more than 100 immigrant detainees launched a hunger strike to protest the conditions inside the for-profit immigration jail.

The demands reflected many of the concerns originally raised by detainees when they went on strike in 2014: ...

"No Toilet, No Ventilation": Prisoners Describe Horrific Conditions in Harvey's Flood Zone

by Candice Bernd, Truthout

This story is the sixth piece in "America's Toxic Prisons," an investigative, collaborative series between Truthout and Earth Island Journal. This series dives deeply into the intersection between mass incarceration and environmental justice.

A set of emails obtained by Truthout and Earth Island Journal describe nightmarish ...

Forced to Endure Extreme Heat, Prisoners are Casualties of Texas’ Climate Denial, Documents Show

by Candice Bernd, Truthout

On a spring day in May, temperatures in Dallas, Texas were already in the 90s. Sunlight glinted off the barbed wire perimeter outside the Hutchins State Jail, located just a mile down the road from Hutchins High School. The first blooms of Castilleja, colloquially known here ...