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Texas Prisoners Describe Nightmarish Conditions, Exposure to Floodwaters Following Harvey

Superstorm takes toll on prison populations living in shadow of state's fossil fuel industry

A set of emails obtained by Truthout and Earth Island Journal describe nightmarish conditions inside the federal prison complex in Beaumont, Texas, after flooding last week cut off power — including air-conditioning — and the water supply. The emails were sent via…
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by: Candice Bernd – September 8, 2017

‘Cruel and Unusual’: Texas Prisoners Face Deadly Heat and Contaminated Water

Lawsuit alleges that prisoners must drink comious amounts of lead- and copper-tained water to cope with high temperatures

As a federal judge ordered the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) to cool down one of its prison units for the sake of its elderly and sick residents' health, plaintiffs at another Texas prison are hoping to see a similar victory in their…
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by: Candice Bernd – August 8, 2017

US Is Locking Immigrants in Toxic Detention Centers

From Washington to Texas, climate refugees detained in contaminated jails are victims of environmental injustice

In April, the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, again made headlines after more than 100 immigrant detainees launched a hunger strike to protest the conditions inside the for-profit immigration jail. The demands reflected many of the concerns originally raised by detainees…
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by: Candice Bernd – July 31, 2017

Forced to Endure Extreme Heat, Texas Prisoners Becoming Casualties of Climate Denial

Dangerous prison conditions likely to worsen as heat waves intensify with climate change

On a spring day in May, temperatures in Dallas, Texas, were already in the 90s. Sunlight glinted off the barbed wire perimeter outside the Hutchins State Jail, located just a mile down the road from Hutchins High School. The first blooms of…
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by: Candice Bernd – June 12, 2017

Lockdown at Trans-Pecos Pipeline Site Consecrates New Indigenous Resistance Camp

West Texas Water Protectors aim to protect Rio Grande, sacred sites

An Indigenous Water Protector and an Alpine, Texas, resident were arrested Saturday morning after locking themselves to pipe-laying equipment at an Energy Transfer Partner (ETP) easement and work site in Presidio County, Texas. The lockdown temporarily halted construction on the company's 143-mile…
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by: Candice Bernd – January 11, 2017

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