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Texas Defends Heat Deaths – We Provide Ice Water and Fans

For the last 12 months, prisonpath.com has posted numerous articles about inmates dying from extreme heat in Texas prisons. This issue was discussed yesterday by the founder of prisonpath.com, Bradley Schwartz, on the radio show, ‘He Said She Said’ on A.M. 1100, with the show’s dynamic hosts, Charles Martin and Nicole English. The radio hosts were shocked to learn of the high number of Texas inmates who have died from extreme heat. One inmate, Alexander Togonidre, was found dead in his cell with a body temperature of 106 degrees. In 2011, ten Texas inmates died of hypothermia. Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature rises above 105 degrees.

The Houston Chronicle has obtained recently a copy of a report that will be issued by the Texas Law School’s Human Rights Clinic, which has focused on 19 deaths that have occurred in Texas prisons since 1998 from heat related causes. Some of the dead inmates were found in prison cells with temperatures varying from 115 degrees to 149 degrees fahrenheit.

In July of 2013, we discussed that Texas prisons treated pigs better than inmates. The Texas prison system was paying $750,000 for six climate controlled barns for use in its pig farming program. This money was allocated although extreme heat was a death sentence for some Texas inmates.

Radio host, Charles Martin, felt that such treatment of inmates constituted “Cruel and Unusual Punishment.” The report by the law school also concluded that such treatment was a violation of American and international law protecting against cruel and unusual punishment.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has stated, “We have significant protocols in place governing the movement of offenders early in the day for work assignments, we supply ice water and have fans and other equipment to increase air movement,” he said. “We believe the protocols are appropriate.” Other equipment does not include air conditioning.

The warden’s offices have air conditioning. Their offices are not in need of ice water and fans. Even the Correctional Officer’s union has joined with the inmates in a lawsuit demanding that the Texas state prisons be cooled to relieve unbearable conditions. Lance Lowry, president of the local American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, stated, ”These conditions are dangerous to both the employees and the inmates.” The union president stressed the unusual circumstances that brought inmates and correction officers together on the same side. Temperatures between 100 and 115 degrees during summertime are dangerous and potentially deadly for officers and inmates taking heat-sensitive medication or those who have hypertension.

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5 Responses to Texas Defends Heat Deaths – We Provide Ice Water and Fans

  1. ounce65 April 27, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    The fans are too small to give relief. Providing icewater is a complete lie. The don’t. They have 1 water fountain per a 52 man dorm. NO ICE WATER EXCEPT FOR GUARDS!

  2. PrisonPath April 28, 2014 at 2:49 am #

    Heat related deaths in correctional institutions is nothing new – the facilities need to implement a better monitoring system – believe it or not one such “system” was in place a Rikers PRIOR to the reported death of the male inmate – another option inmates have is to either grieve it or join together and file a suit –
    By M.

  3. PrisonPath April 29, 2014 at 1:17 am #

    Let’s be real! Really….
    By Abd’Allah

  4. kenneth wilson May 21, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    I have a friend in TC Terrell unit he has a brain problem called Hydrocephalus and he cannot be in the heat ,, it will kill him the doctors told us that performed his brain surgery,, he’s been incarcerated for 26 years. He has been eligible for parole since 1994 and denied every time according to the state of Texas , he’s ready to go home but not lynn ruzeeka ,, yet he still sits and waits {936-564-6894} please contact me about this I need help

    • PrisonPath May 22, 2014 at 1:11 am #

      Hi Kenneth,

      prisonpath.com does not provide legal help or legal advice. We recommend that you contact an attorney. Try contacting the following attorney in Texas.

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