Since at least 2004, the intensity of hurricanes and the damage they have caused in America has increased significantly. After the turbulent hurricane season of 2017, citizens should recognize the elevated risks to safety that occur when individuals stay put, especially during high-intensity hurricanes (Category 3 and higher). States of emergency and evacuation orders have been declared recently in many states and cities that anticipated extreme hurricane conditions. However, even with increased calls for evacuations, warnings from public officials, and around the clock media coverage, a significant portion of the population has continued to be overlooked during times of natural disasters. This neglected group of citizens “left out of sight and out of our hearts” during natural disasters are the incarcerated men and women in correctional facilities across the country.
Environmental Law | Law
Prison Preparedness and Legal Obligations To Protect Prisoners During Natural Disasters,
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, May 2018
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/sabin_climate_change/80