Plans to build a $444 million maximum security prison at the site of a disused mountaintop removal coal mine in Kentucky brought these two groups together in a protest Monday in Washington, D.C., where activists marched on the Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Justice.
As Truthout’s Candice Bernd reported today:
Local Kentucky activists with the Letcher Governance Project (LGP) joined members of the HRDC’s Prison Ecology Project (PEP) and grassroots social and environmental justice activists from across the US in the nation’s capitol to challenge the construction of the Letcher County prison on economic, racial and environmental justice grounds. They rallied in front of the BOP and Department of Justice headquarters in DC.
They point to a long history in which the federal agencies have greenlit the construction of prisons on polluted sites, including old coal mines and dump sites for toxic waste, threatening the health of the prisoners and staff who work there.
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