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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Family Files Suit Over Texas Inmates & Air Conditioning « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Family Files Suit Over Texas Inmates & Air Conditioning « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth


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The inmate who died in this law suit was serving a one year sentence. After he collapsed due to a heat stroke, he was taken to the hospital where he had a body temperature of 109 degrees. It is estimated that the heat-index in his housing unit was between 121 and 128 degrees. 

The Texas Civil Rights Project says that "Prisons turn into brick ovens," due to the increasingly high temperatures. A total of 9 inmates died last year due to heat related causes.

Link to videohttp://dfw.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=7444409

State law requires that all jails keep an inside temperature between 65 and 85 degrees, but that law doesn’t apply to state prisons.

Texas has 111 prisons housing approximately 150,000 inmates. About 21 of those facilities is or has some partial air conditioning "for inmates".

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