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Facing legal heat, Texas prison
system tries new cooling devices
to ease oppressive temps

Associated Press, by Michael Graczyk

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Posted By:JoniTx, 6/21/2014 1:02:27 PM

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — The nation´s most populous prison system, facing legal actions and criticism about inmates having to endure oppressive Texas summer heat, is looking to make conditions a bit more bearable at seven state lockups by installing cooling systems similar to those seen on the sidelines of early-season football games. Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials insist the new cooling devices are not in response to numerous lawsuits alleging triple-digit temperature readings inside prison buildings are improperly cruel punishment and have led to inmates´ deaths. Jay Eason, the deputy director of prison and jail

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StormCnter, 6/21/2014 1:16:33 PM     (No. 9894790)

Most of us who grew up in Texas before the early 1950s managed without air-conditioning. Texas schools weren´t air conditioned, places of business were not and, obviously, our homes were not.

We lived. We even thrived.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Cat Ballou, 6/21/2014 1:16:48 PM     (No. 9894791)

When I was a kid in Texas many years ago, we didn´t have air conditioning and very few people had swamp coolers, which don´t work in humidity anyway.

Give each prisoner a hand held fan like the churches and funeral homes use to hand out. It will depend on how much effort they are willing to put into being more comfortable and won´t cost the long suffering taxpayers very much.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lil dotty, 6/21/2014 1:43:43 PM     (No. 9894811)

FACT Growing up, in Texas, during the fifty´s we had no air conditioning. Granted, this was before climate change/global warming made everyone in power crazy with power. But we slept, cooked, bathed and dressed, played, even attended school WITHOUT air conditioners. If any air moved thru a building it was due to windows being open, a box fan, or, if lucky, a water cooler (a pre-AC window unit which was prehistoric. People might be uncomfortable at times, but they do survive. Gov. Perry, don´t waste our dollars. Give them ice cubes from the freezer or from the arctic regions.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 6/21/2014 2:01:08 PM     (No. 9894826)

Or, #2 and #3, did your family walk through the house in summer with wet towels draped over your heads and a tall glass of ice tea in your hands? Works just fine.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: FunOne, 6/21/2014 2:35:03 PM     (No. 9894857)

Considering where many of them are headed after their time on earth is complete, perhaps they should get used to the heat.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lil dotty, 6/21/2014 2:36:14 PM     (No. 9894858)

Yes to the tea, no to the towels. During the day we´d free ice cubes from the old, metal pop up tray, put them in a bowl and place the bowl in front of the fan (box or osculating). It helped for a few short minutes. Afternoon naps were a must (polio outbreak made one fearful), as were the shade trees where we made tasty mud pies. After all, pioneers made it across America w/o air. We have come SUCH a long way from those adventurers? NOT!!! A nation of wussies, metro males and men who have no spine. If we were able to accomplish half the achievements and go thru half the tragedies of our ancestors, this country might find the path to Glory once again.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 6/21/2014 3:52:51 PM     (No. 9894910)

And many poor elderly people who didn´t commit crimes suffer with no air-conditioning.

Who says crime doesn´t pay?

How could a people become so damn stupid in just a generation?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 6/21/2014 4:43:23 PM     (No. 9894954)

Cooling scarf ---

http://www.amazon.com/Cool-Wrap-303-BLK-Cooling/dp/B002HRFIHY/ref=sr_1_2/182-7437627-9266722?ie=UTF8&qid=1403382553&sr=8-2&keywords=neck+cooling+scarf

One of the reviewers is a guy from the Midwest who works in a factory that is NOT air conditioned. He says the daily temp reaches 100 degrees. He and co-workers have begun wearing these scarves. The swap out two during the day. He says they work.



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Reply 9 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 6/21/2014 11:26:03 PM     (No. 9895167)

"Are improperly cruel punishment"

They should be given the same consideration they gave their victims.



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