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

Update on Letcher prison: DOJ budget rescinds request for $444 million
Over the past week, the Prison Ecology Project, the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons and our allies have been reviewing the Department of Justice (DOJ) proposed 2018 budget and listening in o...
Sewage Plagued Michigan Prison, Despite Repeated Complaints
Recent conditions at Parnall have been literally poisoning people through prolonged exposure to emissions from human feces.
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...
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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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