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Incarceration and the Production of Vulnerability: Heat and COVID19 in Texas Prisons

Dr Dixon and Dr PurdumThe Race and Ethnic Studies Institute (RESI), invites you to attend our upcoming Colloquia on Tuesday, April 12th at 4 PM CDT.  Together, Dr. Purdum, Visiting Assistant Professor for the School of Public Health, and Dr. Dixon, Research Assistant Professor for the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, in partnership with the Texas Prisons Community Advocates, will be presenting their research on the extreme conditions of Texas prisons. 

Texas is one of the thirteen states in the U.S. that does not provide system-wide air-conditioning in their state prison systems. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) reports that a number of staff and incarcerated persons have fallen ill or even died from complications from extreme heat in Texas prisons. Furthermore, incarcerated persons in Texas prisons have been disproportionately harmed by the COVID19 pandemic.

Learn more about how the COVID 19 and temperatures have converged in Texas prisons and how existing mitigation policies fail to protect incarcerated persons from compounding harm. Join us virtually on Tuesday, April 12th at 4PM CDT via Zoom. Join our program by clicking the link here.