The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. It’s about 25% of the world’s incarcerated population with over 2 million people held in federal, state and local jails. We’re also seeing unprecedented extreme climate disasters in the form of wildfires, heatwaves, drought, super-storms and more.
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The aging infrastructure and failing logistics systems of many prisons are unprepared for the emerging climate crisis. The intersection of these two crises have created a pattern of human rights abuses across the country, and elected officials and their “regimes of cruelty” from California to Texas to Florida are only making matters worse.
In our latest episode, we discuss how the climate crisis is impacting prison populations with journalist Alleen Brown (@alleenbrown).
Alleen Brown is New York-based reporter, focused on environmental justice issues. Her work has been published by The Nation, In These Times, YES! Magazine, the Intercept and various Twin Cities publications.