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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Water at Massachusetts largest state prison facing scrutiny from prisoners, scientists and public health agencies
By Panagioti Tsolkas Wayland Coleman, a prisoner at MCI-Norfolk, stepped out of the shower and noticed something strange last year. It was as if his towel was, in his words, “was used to wipe dirt off the floor.” [Image of Coleman to the right] “I don’t know exactly what is in...
Federal Correctional Complex at the Center of Prison Town Water Debacle
The area was once locally renown for coal mining and uranium milling, and while the beauty of the land endured despite the industrial activity, there’s not much aside from prisons happening there economically anymore.
Major victory with EPA recognizing "Prison Ecology" on EJSCREEN
Two years ago, the concept of Prison Ecology was introduced to the world, building off the work of jailhouse lawyers, scholars and activists around the country. On many occasions spanning the last 4 decades of the prison boom (in which prisoner populations increased by 700%), prisoners and ...
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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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