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 Prison Ecology 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

Climate Change is Causing Cruel & Unusual Punishment: Tell Congress to Recognize the Demands of Prison Strikers
This week, a global climate justice convergence in San Francisco will coincide with the national prison strike. Alongside the Prison Ecology Project and Fight Toxic Prisons, Nati...
Arkansas DOC says water is safe, but didn’t test it from prisoners’ taps
In July of this year, former prisoners and their family members raised concerns about a variety of prison issues at a hearing with state lawmakers. This included repeated concerns with water quality at multiple facilities. One former prisoner stated that water in the East Arkansas Unit was not even ...
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...
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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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