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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The Ecology of a Police State: HRDC’s panel at the 2015 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

May 6, 2015 | by admin

A panel exploring the intersections between mass incarceration and environmental degradation

Panagioti Tsolkas moderates this panel at the Public Interest Environmetnal Law Conference (PIELC), March 6, 2015, which explores the intersections between the epidemic of mass incarceration and the environmental degradation which occurs, directly and indirectly, as a result of it, including: the immediate impacts of pollution from these often-overpopulated human warehouses; the environmental racism of where prisons are built and how they operate; the re-branding of prisons as part of a “green” economy; and the use of prison as a tool for repressing ecological movements aimed at changing the current political/economic system.

The panelists are:

Paul Wright, editor, Prison Legal News, executive director, Human Rights Defense Center, FL
Michael Coyle, author, activist, Associate Professor at Cal State Chico, CA
Ben Rosenfeld, Attorney and Board member, Civil Liberties Defense Center, OR
Max Rameau, Director, Center for Pan African Development, DC
Chaone Mallory, Assoc. Professor, Villanova University, PA

Recorded by KBOO volunteer Paul Roland at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, Oregon in March.

Listen: The Ecology of a Police State: 2015 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference panel
Length: 56:12 minutes (77.18 MB)
Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)