LDF Files FOIA Request to Ensure Safety of Prisoners During Emergencies
Today, The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) related to administrative practices, policies, and regulations currently in place at public federal prison facilities and contract prisons in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Our FOIA request asks for all documents containing information related to prisoner care and safety during emergency situations such as recent Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Related, last week LDF sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Dr. Thomas Kane, Acting Director of the BOP, calling for an investigation of prison conditions in Beaumont, Texas, following disturbing reports of extreme flooding and possible contamination of the water supply in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.