With COVID-19 Looming, We Must Shut Down SCI Fayette

SCI Fayette and surrounding coal ash site

“Inmates, the guards, the staff, the residents, everyone is in harm’s way,” says Richard Mosley, coordinator of the Fayette Justice Health Project with Put People First PA and a former SCI Fayette inmate, “There is no other alternative but to get people off of the site.”

Prisoners are still forced to drink the polluted tap water.

So far, they’ve chosen to ignore them despite the evidence of detrimental health effects and the public outcry.

“Our understanding is that Fayette is used as the end of the line prison in PA. The fact that it’s built on a toxic dump is used as a threat for prisoners like you don’t want to be sent to Fayette because you’re being sent there to die.”

1. clean water for people in prison and in the town

2. adequate, full coverage health care for people in prison and people in the town

3. and shutting down SCI Fayette.

“If a virus is causing you to change your behavior, what happens if the soil, air, and water around you is contaminated but you can’t leave or go anywhere? It’s a certain death.” This has always been life at SCI Fayette for the inmates. “I’m fighting for everyone but I can only speak from an inmate perspective. Inmates can’t get out of the way. They have no options.”

shut down SCI Fayette.

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ALC is a nonprofit law firm fighting to protect prisoners, and a community organizing project aiming to build a world without prisons. abolitionistlawcenter.org

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ALC is a nonprofit law firm fighting to protect prisoners, and a community organizing project aiming to build a world without prisons. abolitionistlawcenter.org

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