Update: Glen’s jail sentence ends on May 7 th … But that doesn’t include court costs.
Glen owes $518 in court costs, which he needs to pay before he is released. If court costs are not paid before May 7th, Glen will be kept in Smith County Jail for 5 additional days. For every additional day that Glen remains in jail, Smith County will credit him $100 towards payment of the court costs.
As a for-profit private jail, Smith County Jail makes more than $100 a day on Glen for everyday that he is incarcerated. For this reason (and because jail sucks,) Glen would like to pay his court costs before his set release date and get out of jail on May 7 th.
Glen is doing alright in jail, he calls and checks in regularly. The jail took 4 extra days to give him the books that we sent him, but he has them now and is spending most of his time reading. He has commissary, so he is eating enough to keep his belly full. He has gotten over the cold that he got right after getting into jail, along with most of the other guys in his pod that were also sick.
Thank you all for the support that you’ve shown to our comrade in jail!
Glen Collins is in Smith County Jail in Texas tonight after pleading guilty to charges of trespassing and illegal dumping stemming from his blockade of the Keystone XL pipeline last December. In one of the most striking actions in the Tar Sands Blockade campaign, Glen locked himself with Matt Almonte to a concrete barrel inside the KXL pipeline. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail – the longest sentence of the three activists arrested that day. We are currently waiting to find out how the 3 weeks Glen spent in jail following his action will be counted against his sentence. Due to the overwhelming weirdness of the Texas legal system, it’s uncertain how much time he has left to serve.
Glen has checked in from jail and is doing fine as far as jail goes. We are supporting him in every way we can from up here in WV. To help support Glen, please donate to the RAMPS general fund which we are using to pay for collect calls from jail, commissary and sending him books to help pass the time.
Glen took action in Texas as a part of our deep commitment to true solidarity, made of action, not words across all struggles against extraction. As he said at the time, “I’m barricading this pipe with Tar Sands Blockade today to say loud and clear to the extraction industry that our communities and the resources we depend on for survival are not collateral damage. This fight in East Texas against tar sands exploitation is one and the same as our fight in the hollers of West Virginia. Dirty energy extraction doesn’t just threaten my home; it threatens the collective future of the planet.”