Forty-nine activists in the Climate Ground Zero campaign have served jail time for taking action against strip mining in Appalachia, including sentences and pre-trial time prior to getting bailed or bonded out. Jail sentences are an important part of nonviolent civil resistance, a kind of activism in which concerned citizens break the law to draw attention to injustice. (That’s what CGZ does, in case you haven’t noticed!)
Below you will find information about CGZ activists currently in the WV Regional Jail system, jail addresses and tips on sending letters & books.
No one is currently in jail.
Address your letter to the inmate’s full name and select the appropriate jail:
South Central Regional Jail, 1001 Centre Way, Charleston, WV 25309-1001
Southern Regional Jail, 1200 Airport Road, Beaver, WV 25813
Southwestern Regional Jail, Earl Ray Tomblin Industrial Park, 13 Gaston Caperton Dr., Holden, WV 25625
Sending Letters & Books
To guarantee that the person you’re writing to will receive your letters: address them to their legal name, use standard sized envelopes and paper, use only a pencil or pen with blue/black ink (typed or colored ink may cause your letter to be confiscated), don’t include cards, photocopies, clippings, or other materials besides black and white written correspondence. Photos are okay. Please assume all mail will be read by the jail. Remember that the person you are writing may not have paper or stamps to write back, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t receive a reply.
We have had difficulty sending books to inmates, and are in contact with the regional jail system to figure out how to do that most effectively. Inmates have been able to get books while in Southern Regional Jail and Southwest Regional Jail, although that has not been consistent. All books must be paperback and sent from the publisher. Southern Regional Jail also accepts magazines and DVDs. Southwestern Regional Jail is currently not accepting romance novels. Stay tuned for more updates.