Prisoners forced to drink arsenic-laced water

I have a piece up today for Inter Press Service about a California prison where more than 5,000 incarcerated men are being forced to drink water known to contain twice the legal limit of arsenic, a known carcinogen. Prison officials have known about the problem for more than five years but have done nothing more than publish a handful of memos wherein they claim to “anticipate” resolving the problem . . . someday.

Those two years of my life I spent as an environmental journalist in DC? Not wasted!

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About Charles Davis

A writer and producer with whose work has aired on television and radio and been published by outlets such as Al Jazeera, The Intercept, The Nation and The New Republic.
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One Response to Prisoners forced to drink arsenic-laced water

  1. Anonymous says:

    Charles, Great article on the CA prison poisoned water! Time to check out the water quality at Perryville Prison, Goodyear, AZ which has all kinds of contaminants and cancer causing chemicals.

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