Prisons are Using Military-Grade Tear Gas to Punish People
Olive is just one of dozens of prisons nationwide turning to chemical
agents for control as labor shortages, private incentives, and intense
marketing drive prisons to supplement overworked guards, in overcrowded
prisons, by relying directly on pain.
of these weapons are designed by the military,' says Dr. Rohini Haar, a
medical expert with Physicians for Human Rights, “and they’re designed
for military uses. But the military, especially the US military, is a
limited market. So the next step for companies that are trying to make a
profit off these weapons that they design is to sell them to one, law
enforcement and police, and two, to prisons.
as there’s more and more attention being paid to social protest and
police brutality, prisons are becoming a bigger market for these.
Because they’re sold quietly, there’s less regulation, and the market is