“It Smelled Like Death”: Reports of Mold Contamination in Prisons and Jails

“There was big, dark, gray, blackish mildew around the air vent and that’s where the air was coming from … it smelled like death.” – Candie Hailey, Rikers Island pre-trial detainee by Panagioti Tsolkas [originally published in Prison Legal News, April 2019] Over the past several years, Prison Legal News has focused attention on environmental health…

FTP Convergence- Call for Proposals!

Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons 4th Annual National Convergence June 14-17, 2019  – Gainesville, Florida Call for Proposals 2018 was a year of unprecedented national coordination, in which networks of support for localized struggles in abolitionist and environmental movements realized advances with global implications. We want to learn from and build upon recent victories and…

Prison as a Process of Toxification

By Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain [This article was sent to FTP 2/12/2019] On many levels, prisons are made to be deliberately toxic. Prisons are, by design, to inflict punishment on humans, and so prisons operate to traumatize, to injure, to harm, to toxify. Toxification is, after all, inflicting permanent trauma, permanent injury, so as to…

Urgent Communications Zap: Support Alabama Hunger Striker

(Last Updated March 29th 2019)   Kenneth S. Traywick is the 10th person this month to start a hunger strike in the Alabama Department of Corrections, in protest of unwarranted solitary confinement. Traywick was transferred to a solitary housing unit at Limestone C.F. with no disciplinary charge or infractions, and he needs our help to…

Frequently Asked Questions on Prison Slave Labor in Florida

Just because a County Commissioner won’t call it slavery, doesn’t mean it isn’t… [This FAQ document is a work in progress, as part of an organizing collaboration which has grown out of #OperationPUSH. You can TAKE ACTION here. Please share your suggestions on the FAQ at GainesvilleIWOC@gmail.com] 1.What is prison slavery? (n.) bondage, servitude, human-trafficking…

Kinetic Justice Faces Repression Following Riots in ADOC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- December 16th, 2018 Press Contacts- Mei Azaad – (206) 409-5390 fighttoxicprisons@gmail.com Nikki Davenport  (256) 221-7658 Nikkid2583@gmail.com Alabama Department of Corrections has once again acted in retaliation against Robert Earl Council. This is not the first time that he has been targeted. Robert Earl Council, one of the founders of the Free Alabama Movement…

Prisoners Call for Investigation into Alabama DOC Following Lethal Unrest at Holman

UPDATE 12/13/18: Additional incidents of violence occurred at Holman Correctional Facility on December 8 and 11 [reported to FTP directly by prisoners], further indicating the concept of a “Holman Project,” as explained below. According to a contact inside, the December 11 incident included “Correctional officers beating confined citizens and destroying personal property.” The following statement…

Prisoners File Unique Environmental Lawsuit Against New Federal Facility on Strip Mine Site in Kentucky

Donate to support this grassroots legal challenge! Media Contact: FightToxicPrisons@gmail.com [Lawyers, prisoners and community activists available for comment.] Photos below by Jordan Mazurek. All images available for public use, courtesy of Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons Washington, DC — Lawyers with the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons and the Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) have filed…

URGENT: Hurricane Michael Phone Zap!

Check here for updates on impacted facilities URGENT: Hurricane Michael Phone Zap Hurricane Michael, now a Category 4, is slated to be the worst hurricane to hit Florida in over 100 years and the the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) refuses to evacuate 15 state prisons in mandatory evacuation zones. We need your help putting…

URGENT: Hurricane Florence Phone Zap

(A potential Advanced Forecast to show the size of Florence). PHONE ZAP UPDATE 9/16 9:48pm EST Please Continue to call and DEMAND  South Carolina Prisoner have access to clean water!!! Reports from the inside per Jail Lawyers Speak: The biggest complaints of prisoners are power outages and water that is brown or greenish in Evans…