In Natural Disasters, Are Inmates Expendable?

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U.S. Marines rescue Hurricane Harvey victims on a flooded street in Houston. Photo by Lance Cpl. Niles Lee/US Marines via Flickr.

Prisoner rights advocates say the safety of inmates in areas threatened by climate change is dangerously low on the priorities of disaster planners. Exhibit A, they argue, are the thousands of prisoners in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico who were among the victims of this fall’s devastating hurricanes . . .

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