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.

Check out our partners at The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons


Convergence on Toxic Prisons begins this weekend in D.C.

Jun 8, 2016 | by admin

In just 2 days, we will converge in DC to network, organize and take action against the toxic prison system.

Check out the updated full schedule here.

If you have not yet registered, please do so ASAP. If you can’t make it, but want to make a contribution towards the event’s success, click here (then pass it on.)

The past weeks have been a whirlwind of organizing, and excitement is growing. Here’s a quick overview of some recent happenings:

The Earth First! Journal’s website featured the story: “Incarceration, Justice and the Planet: How the Fight Against Toxic Prisons May Shape the Future of Environmentalism,” and Prison Legal News picked it as the cover story for their June issue, putting it in the hands of thousands of prisoner activists and jailhouse lawyers across the country.

We also assisted in a hard-hitting story on toxic prisons and environmental racism, “Behind Bars on Polluted Land,” which appeared on The Atlantic website, reaching out well beyond our current network. Read it here, then pass it along.

On May 31, we published a press release about the convergence, which can be found here. Please share it with your media-making contacts.

In addition, a new group in Letcher County surfaced to tackle the BOP’s plan for a new federal prison Appalachia, starting with spreading the hashtag #Our444Million

This effort and other Appalachian prison issues were covered in another great article, “Welcome to Appalachia’s Gulag Archipelago“.

Oh, and word is now getting out on the streets of DC through the 5000 awesome post cards we printed last week.

If you are looking to help, aside from making a donation, please take a few minutes to invite your friends, family and activist network using this event page.

Hope to see you there,

-Panagioti Tsolkas

Organizer, Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons

Coordinator, Prison Ecology Project