The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has withdrawn the $500 million proposal, but Mitch McConnell says he’s moving it forward.
Activists celebrate move as an advance in the struggle to recognize the environmental rights of incarcerated people.
“We are alive barely,” says one prisoner in Beaumont, Texas.
Deadly heat, unsafe water, black mold and cockroaches plague prisoners at many Texas prisons.
An immigrant jail in Tacoma, Washington, is in an area so polluted it was designated unfit for residences.
Prison would have been terrible for health of prisoners and local wildlife, say advocates.
In Texas prisons, the price of climate denial is human lives.
U.S. prisons may be largely hidden from sight, but their environmental toxicity spreads far beyond their walls.
Environmental justice activists are demanding federal agencies count prison populations when assessing environmental justice impacts.