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Judge orders health and safety measures for farm line workers at Angola; new study on displacement due to climate change

Louisiana State Penitentiary
Louisiana State Penitentiary

The Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola is famous for its ruthless working conditions for inmates on the farm line. In fact, many even refer to the prison simply as “The Farm.”

But now, a judge ordered Angola officials to consider the health and safety needs of incarcerated people and take immediate measures to “correct the glaring deficiencies in their heat-related policies.”

Katy Reckdahl has been covering this story for The Lens and joins us for an update.

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine , or NASEM, recently released a new report on how climate change has led to cycles of displacement. Their research reveals how the displacement exacerbates historic inequalities while also providing potential strategies to combat the problem.

John Ben Soileau, NASEM’s program officer for the Board on Environmental Change and Society, shares the report’s findings and what can be done.

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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is Newscast Editor for the WRKF/WWNO Newsroom. Adam is also the Baton Rouge-based host for Louisiana Considered, our daily regional news program, and is frequently the local voice afternoons on All Things Considered.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.