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Suspected terrοrists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are housed inside a facility that is air conditioned. In a Texas prison, however, there is no air conditioning and several prisoners have dιed due to heat related ailments.
Texas inmates have filed a lawsuit over the lack of air conditioning in their facility, which has led to the deαths of 12 prisoners over the past three years, CNN reports.
The Texas Civil Rights project along with the University of Texas School of Law has filed a lawsuit relating to the treatment of inmates at Wallace Pack Unit in Navasota, Texas. According to the complaint, the facility, which houses 1400 men, has no air conditioning and although the windows open, it provides no relief from hot summer temperatures.
“Stainless steel tables in the inmate dormitories become hot to the touch” reads the complaint, which goes on to describe how temperatures reach 100 degrees in the facility. The steel tables get so hot that “prisoners have to lay towels down on the table to rest their elbows while sitting.” Some men in the facility, including the elderly, are susceptible to heat stroke due to medical conditions.
“I don’t know if I will make it this summer. The heat and humidity are so bad inside I have trouble breathing,” said 69 year old inmate Marvin Yates.
The lawsuit details a total of 20 deαths since 1989, with one man dying only a day after his arrival when temperatures reached 109 degrees.
And it’s not only the inmates who are suffering.
“The correctional officer’s union has made numerous public requests for the prison housing areas to be air conditioned,” the complaint said
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice declined to comment on ongoing litigation.