Prison Ecology Project

The mission of the Prison Ecology Project is to map the intersections of mass incarceration and environmental degradation, and create action plans to address the multitude of problems found there.

The PE project addresses issues such as: damage of sewage and industrial waste from overpopulated and under-regulated prisons into to water ways; threats to listed species by the ongoing construction and operation of prisons in remote, environmentally-sensitive rural areas; and environmental justice concerns regarding prisoners, staff and surrounding communities.

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Recent News

Updates from the Fight Against Toxic Prisons
From FightToxicPrisons.org First, a huge thanks to the people who came out to the Civic Media Center earlier this month to help send a mass mailing from the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prison...
Complaints launched over toxic conditions at Texas’ Eastham Unit prison
The Texas prison system, known as TDCJ, has become a litmus test for dealing with toxic environmental conditions for prisoners. Earlier this year, prisoners from the Wallace Pack unit and their advocates on the outside succeeded in compelling a judge to order clean water to people held in that facil...
Over 130 Organizations Challenge EPA to Consider Prisoners in Environmental Justice Plan
Washington, D.C. – The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) submitted a public comment to the Environmental Protection Agency today that provides input on the agency’s final draft of the EJ 2020 Action Agenda...
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Activists Protest Rural Prison Building
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Politicians want to open a new federal prison in rural Kentucky. These activists have better ideas.
Prison Ecology Project
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If you live or work in or near a prison, jail or detention facility that is a source of contamination in your community, please get in touch with us. Thank you....
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