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Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Environmental Protection Agency Finally Recognizes Prisons in Screening Tool by Panagioti Tsolkas by Panagioti Tsolkas Two years ago, the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), which publishes Prison Legal News, introduced the concept of prison environmentalism, building off the work of jailhouse lawyers, scholars and activists around the country. On many ...
Opposition to Prison Is an Environmental Fight in Appalachia by Sara Imperiale by Sara Imperiale A proposed federal prison has become the focus of opposition for advocates concerned about the project's most notable feature: it’s slated for a mountaintop coal removal site. Coal companies mine by mountaintop removal predominately in ...
Publication • July 28, 2016
HRDC comment to EPA with 138 sign-ons, re environmental impacts on prisoners - July 2016 Human Rights Defense Center DEDICATED TO PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS Renewing Comments Re: Prisoner Populations Letter in EJ 2020 Action Agenda Last year, in July 2015, HRDC’s Prison Ecology Project submitted a letter re: EPA’s Draft ...
Publication • November 12, 2015
HRDC letter to Escambia County, FL re proposed jail on Superfund site - Nov. 2015 Human Rights Defense Center DEDICATED TO PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS November 12, 2015 Re: Vote on New Jail Proposed for Former EPA Superfund Site Dear Commissioners, The controversy of a proposal for a new jail in ...
Article • October 26, 2015 • from PLN November, 2015
Toxic Traps: Environmental Hazards Threaten Two Federal Supermax Prisons by Laura Cepero Toxic Traps: Environmental Hazards Threaten Two Federal Supermax Prisons by Laura Cepero A Solitary Watch investigation into the sites of the federal government’s two “supermax” facilities – the first open for two decades, the second slated to open soon ...
Article • September 25, 2015 • from PLN October, 2015
HRDC and 93 Organizations Ask EPA to Consider Prisoners in Environmental Justice Plan by HRDC and 93 Organizations Ask EPA to Consider Prisoners in Environmental Justice Plan The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), PLN’s parent non-profit organization, submitted a public comment to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on July ...
Publication • September 1, 2015
HRDC comment to BOP on final environmental impact study for prison in Letcher County, KY - August 2015 Human Rights Defense Center DEDICATED TO PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS August 31, 2015 SENT VIA EMAIL (igaston@bop.gov) U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Prisons Attn: Isaac Gaston, Site Selection Specialist 320 First St., ...
Publication • July 30, 2015
Joint letter to KY environmental agencies re Letcher County BOP siting July 2015 Commissioner Gregory Johnson Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources #1 Sportsman's Lane Frankfort, KY 40601 July 31, 2015 Re: Wildlife Impacts Associated With the Proposal for a Federal Prison Facility in Letcher County Dear Commissioner Johnson: ...
Publication • July 12, 2015
HRDC comment to EPA on Environmental Justice and prisoners July 2015 Human Rights Defense Center DEDICATED TO PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS July 14, 2015 SENT VIA EMAIL ONLY Charles Lee Deputy Associate Assistant Administrator for Environmental Justice USEPA, Office of Environmental Justice (2201-A) 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20460 Re: ...
Pennsylvania Private Prison Construction Halted For Environmental Assessment by The Pennsylvania based Citizens Advisory Committee on Private Prisons, Inc. (CACOPP), filed a complaint against the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for bypassing environmental and administrative policies in the contracting of a private prison's construction. The construction was halted pending the ...
Path Cleared For Construction of Private Pennsylvania Prison by A federal district court in Pennsylvania held that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) was required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to either prepare a final Environmental Assessment (EA) or a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) prior to awarding ...