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Kite Line- June 23, 2017: Toxic in Texas


This week takes us to Texas, where we hear from Candice Bernd, speaking at the 2nd Fight Toxic Prisons Conference, which took place earlier this month in Denton, Texas. Candice talks about the intersection between environmental activism and the carceral system. In Texas, prisoners are subjected to extreme conditions, and some prisoners have filed a class action lawsuit claiming that excessive heat exposure is leading to health problems and, in some cases, death. Candice talks about these terrible conditions, and takes a call from Keith Cole, one of the prisoners currently involved in the suit. Cole speaks first hand about his experiences, as an aging prisoner in the Wallace Pack Unit, north of Houston.

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