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Articles by Panagioti Tsolkas

One of the Largest Solar Power Companies in the U.S. has Ties to Prison Slave Labor

One of the Largest Solar Power Companies in the U.S. has Ties to Prison Slave Labor

by Panagioti Tsolkas

Prisoners at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon are making solar panels at a UNICOR factory for 93 cents an hour under a tax-break incentivized contract that claims to ...

Is Texas Poisoning Prisoners with Contaminated Water?

Is Texas Poisoning Prisoners with Contaminated Water?

by Panagioti Tsolkas

When the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) named a prison unit after the late warden Wallace Pack they should have guessed it would have a problem with water, as he once did. In 1981, Pack was drowned by a ...

Persistent, Ongoing Environmental Violations at Washington’s Walla Walla Prison

Persistent, Ongoing Environmental Violations at Washington’s Walla Walla Prison

by Panagioti Tsolkas

Walla Walla State Penitentiary (WSP) in Washington State has a long history of contaminating the surrounding land, water and neighboring communities. Recent reports obtained this year from a public records request submitted by Prison Legal News to the ...

GEO Group’s Gulags Grasping for Green Approval

GEO Group’s Gulags Grasping for Green Approval

by Panagioti Tsolkas

All the environmentally-conscious “green” certifications in the world can’t cover up the steady flow of atrocities associated with for-profit prisons, but that’s not going to stop them from trying.

In March 2015, the GEO Group – the nation’s second-largest private ...

Human Rights Groups, Environmentalists Oppose New Federal Prison on Former Coal Mine in Kentucky

Human Rights Groups, Environmentalists Oppose New Federal Prison on Former Coal Mine in Kentucky

by Panagioti Tsolkas

On March 30, 2015, organizations and individuals from across the country joined the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), PLN’s parent organization, in filing a comment opposing a plan by the U.S. Bureau ...