Thought + Action = ?: Part 3, Environment

Updated: Aug 23, 2019


Alongside mass incarceration spread ecosystems where environmental rights and autonomy for criminals are made taboo. First prisoners are made to feel less than. Broken. Conformed. Silenced. Complacent. Then their world is burned to the ground while they are locked in a cage at their own expense.


Imprisonment leads to unsanitary conditions that violate health codes meant to keep the community safe. Pollution is an inevitable result of prisons because they are designed to herd people like cattle rather than provide any sort of reintegrative housing or standard of care.


From diseases to landfill contributions, detainment centers literally infect the United States like a physical manifestation of the hatred underneath making money off of dehumanizing others.


White guys basically built entire mini cities to lock people of color up, charge them to be there, and work them for little to no pay. A financial system that takes advantage of others does not leave room for basic personal hygiene much less eco friendliness in the budget.



Thought + Action = ? is inspired by the TV show Dear White People


Links for Thought + Action = ?, Parts 1 - 4:

1. New Orleans Police Appear to Use Surveillance to Initiate Investigations

2. The Truth About Juvenile Crime in New Orleans

3. Letters: Plan to experiment on Louisiana inmates is disturbing; implants not approved by FDA

4. Is ‘Abolish Prisons’ the Next Frontier in Criminal Justice?

5. Dozens of ICE Detainees Were Pepper-Sprayed by Guards for Protesting at a Louisiana Jail

6. Breaking: Immigrants Pepper Sprayed and Possible Beatings Inside ICE Bossier Parish Detention Facility

7. Asylum Seekers Housed at Louisiana Private Prison Named in Abuse Scandal

8. People Are Trying To Donate To Detained Migrants. Border Patrol Won't Accept It

9. Hundreds of Louisiana inmates held in isolation, called 'torture,' for more than a year, reform group says

10. A firsthand report of ‘inhumane conditions’ at a migrant children’s detention facility

11. ‘There Is a Stench’: Soiled Clothes and No Baths for Migrant Children at a Texas Center

12. Everyone In The United States, Including Undocumented Immigrants, Has Rights Under The U.S. Constitution

13. Leaked photo shows mass trial with 37 accused unauthorized immigrants — shackled hand and foot — being processed all at once

14. Lawyers say children are going weeks without adequate food and sanitation at border detention site

15. Multiple Health Crises Break Out Among ICE Detention Centers

16. Trump Administration Argues Detained Migrant Children Don’t Need Toothbrushes, Soap

17. US opens new mass facility in Texas for migrant children

18. Trump Administration to Hold Migrant Children at Base That Served as WWII Japanese Internment Camp

19. Camp is Always a Bad Idea: An Op-Ed

20. Bank of America Will Stop Financing Private Prisons and Immigrant Detention Companies

21. 4 Arizona Women Convicted for Leaving Water for Migrants

22. Federal prisons must now provide free tampons and pads to incarcerated women

23. At $75,560, housing a prisoner in California now costs more than a year at Harvard

24. South Florida felons owe a billion dollars in fines — and that will affect their ability to vote

25. How a 1992 Rent-A-Center contract and an outdated warrant landed a man in the Orleans jail

26. Pa. Judge Sentenced To 28 Years In Massive Juvenile Justice Bribery Scandal

27. Criminal Justice Facts

28. How Mass Incarceration Takes a Toll on the Environment

29. The Connection Between Mass Incarceration and Environmental Justice