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Florida County Votes against New Jail on Former EPA Superfund Site, Opts to Stay in Flood Zone by Panagioti Tsolkas Controversy arose at a November 12, 2015 Escambia County Commission meeting in Pensacola, Florida over a plan to construct a new jail. The county’s old jail had been damaged by ...
Texas: Complaint Filed Over Contaminated Water, Conditions at Eastham Unit by Panagioti Tsolkas The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has become a litmus test for dealing with toxic environmental conditions for prisoners. Earlier this year, prisoners at the Wallace Pack Unit and their advocates on the outside succeeded in ...
Connecticut Prisoners File Suit Over Exposure to Radon Gas by Panagioti Tsolkas This summer, prisoners at the Garner Correctional Institution (GCI) in Newtown, Connecticut responded to more than two decades of radon exposure at the facility by filing a class-action lawsuit. “The length of time this went on didn’t have ...
Wisconsin: Prison Hunger Strike Reaches Crisis Point by According to an August 22, 2016 report from Workers World, an ongoing hunger strike at the Waupun Correctional Institution in Wisconsin has reached a crisis point. A group of at least eight prisoners at Waupun and the Columbia Correctional Institution began refusing ...
Federal Judge Orders Texas Department of Criminal Justice to Provide Safe Water to Prisoners by Derek Gilna On June 21, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Keith Ellison ordered the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) to provide prisoners at the Wallace Pack Unit in Navasota with drinking water free of ...
Long & Hodges v. Pickell, MI, Complaint, 14th Am 8th Am toxic water, 2016 4:16-cv-10842-AC-SDD Doc # 1 Filed 03/08/16 Pg 1 of 11 Pg ID 1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION DOUGLAS LONG and RENEE HODGES, individually, and on behalf of all ...
Long & Hodges v. Pickell, MI, Consent Decree, 14th Am 8th Am toxic water, 2016 2:16-cv-10842-AC-SDD Doc # 10 Filed 06/23/16 Pg 1 of 6 Pg ID 41 2:16-cv-10842-AC-SDD Doc # 10 Filed 06/23/16 Pg 2 of 6 Pg ID 42 2:16-cv-10842-AC-SDD Doc # 10 Filed 06/23/16 Pg 3 of ...
Contaminated Sites and Prisons in New Jersey by Panagioti Tsolkas When journalist Raven Rakia embarked on an investigation of “the Superfund State” of New Jersey, she found another layer to the environmental justice disaster that sits just south of New York City. While New Jersey leads the nation in federally-designated ...
Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Letcher Co KY Prison, BOP, Mar 2016 REVISED FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR PROPOSED UNITED STATES PENITENTIARY AND FEDERAL PRISON CAMP Letcher County, Kentucky Prepared for: United States Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons Capacity Planning and Construction Branch March 2016 (This page intentionally ...
Welcome to Appalachia’s Gulag Archipelago by By Skyler Simmons / Earth First! Newswire Exile in the Mountains It is hard to imagine the hollers and hills of southern Appalachia ever being a place of punishment. With its lush coves filled with ginseng, ramps, towering oaks, and tulip poplars. Its abundant springs, ...
Incarceration, Justice and the Planet: How the Fight Against Toxic Prisons May Shape the Future of Environmentalism by Panagioti Tsolkas Prisons inspire little in terms of natural wonder. It might be a weed rises through a crack and blooms for a moment. It might be a prisoner notices. But prisoners, ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright Criminologist Jonathan Simon refers to prisons as human toxic waste dumps where the ruling class dumps its human waste: out of sight and out of mind. Sadly, toxic waste is not just a literary analogy when discussing American prisons and jails. As PLN has ...
Publication • June 2, 2016
Toxic Confinement - Can the Eighth Amendment Protect Prisoners, Helppie-Schmieder, 2016 HELPPIE-SCHMIEDER (DO NOT DELETE) Copyright 2016 by Brenna Helppie-Schmieder 4/21/2016 11:53 PM Printed in U.S.A. Vol. 110, No. 3 TOXIC CONFINEMENT: CAN THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT PROTECT PRISONERS FROM HUMAN-MADE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH HAZARDS? Brenna Helppie-Schmieder ABSTRACT—What would you do if ...
Greenwashing Washington State’s Prison System in a River of Sewage by Rick Anderson Greenwashing Washington State’s Prison System in a River of Sewage by Rick Anderson Greenwashing: When an agency or company spends more on marketing and public relations to promote the perception they are environmentally conscious than they spend ...
Article • July 31, 2015 • from PLN August, 2015
From the Editor by Paul Wright From the Editor by Paul Wright For several decades PLN has reported on the intersections between mass imprisonment, the criminal justice system and the environment. Most specifically, the environmental destruction and degradation that prisons impose on surrounding communities – whether it entails building prisons ...
Article • July 31, 2015 • from PLN August, 2015
Persistent, Ongoing Environmental Violations at Washington’s Walla Walla Prison by Panagioti Tsolkas 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 ...
A Rare Look inside Tacoma's Northwest Detention Center by Lewis Kamb A Rare Look inside Tacoma's Northwest Detention Center By Lewis Kamb The building could be any other industrial warehouse on Tacoma’s Tideflats, if it weren’t for the razor wire surrounding it. The man could be any other middle-aged father ...
Pollution Prison in Pennsylvania by Mumia Abu-Jamal Pollution Prison in Pennsylvania by Mumia Abu-Jamal Recently, a group of human rights researchers, responding to letters from prisoners at SCI Fayette, found a slew of environmental dangers and threats to the lives, health and well-being of hundreds of prisoners, guards and other ...
Article • May 27, 2015
Poison Prison: Is Toxic Dust Sickening Inmates Locked up in Coal Country? by Eric Markowitz Poison Prison Is toxic dust sickening inmates locked up in coal country? By Eric Markowitz As the sun set over western Pennsylvania, Marcus Santos, inmate #JL7126, sat alone in a drab prison hospital, his eyes ...
Article • May 6, 2015 • from PLN May, 2015
Human Rights Groups, Environmentalists Oppose New Federal Prison on Former Coal Mine in Kentucky by Panagioti Tsolkas 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 ...
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