September 8th, 2015
Blogging has been
non-existant light for the last several weeks for reasons I’ll explain after next week. But in the meantime, here’s another note from Galley Friend X:
As you’ve probably heard, climate change is real, and if you disagree then f*ck you, because science.
Also, you’ve probably heard that it’s the biggest national security challenge that we face today, because Obama.
But I have to admit that this one’s new: evidently climate change also poses a major threat to the safety and security of the prison population. So much so that Columbia University has published an entire report on the subject.
Not just any study — a “groundbreaking” study. “The first systematic analysis of the correctional sector’s structural and legal vulnerabilities to high temperatures caused by climate change.”
And most importantly, it “offers recommendations for adaptation to address unique challenges that climate change poses for corrections.” Maybe Recommendation #1 is “turn up the air conditioning one or two degrees over the next century.”
On the bright side, rising sea levels would make Alcatraz and Rikers Island harder to escape.
One huge missed opportunity, though: The report obviously should have been titled “Caged Heat.”
Did the study assess the impact climate change would have on prison rape? Because nobody wants prison rape with extra sweaty dudes. I expect Reason Mag to tackle this subject at some point.