Prisons Packing Heat

As the planet heats up, prison temperatures are becoming unlivable—with some US facilities soaring to a heat index of 150 degrees, according to Columbia Law School. In Arizona, prisoners’ shoes have melted.
 
Prisons also dole out more psychotropic and blood pressure drugs that make inmates heat-sensitive—and aging prisoners are serving longer, hotter sentences.
 
Absent official figures, the problem is largely anecdotal. But prisoners in 3 states won extreme heat cases in recent years. Texas, where 4/5 of prisoners have no in-cell AC, faces several wrongful death suits—but the state is still pushing back against pricey AC.
 
The Marshall Project

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