A federal judge is ordering Texas prison officials to stop forcing inmates to drink water laced with dangerous levels of arsenic.
The cancer-causing chemical has been found in the water at one Texas prison for the past 10 years. Yet, according to the judge, state prison officials have done little or nothing to make the water safe.
WFAA-TV has previously reported conditions in Texas prisons is so bad, they’ve been put on a United Nations watch list.
When they built the Wallace Pack Unit in Navasota, Texas, in 1983, state officials chose not to provide inmates with air conditioning. In fact, only a few of the state prisons in Texas are air-conditioned.
“It’s like you can’t breathe at all,” said Keith Cole, an inmate at the Pack Unit. “You feel like you are suffocating all the time — especially when it’s extremely hot.”
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin reported from Flint on the realities of life in a city poisoned by its own government. This is his VICE on HBO debrief.
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