Texas Inmates Relocating From Hot Prison to Temporary Facilities
CNN/Stylemagazine.com Newswire | 8/11/2017, 10:52 a.m.
After a years-long legal battle, about 1,000 inmates will literally catch a break from the infamous Texas heat. On Wednesday, inmates held at the Wallace Pack Unit, a state prison about 75 miles northwest of Houston, will temporarily be moved to air- conditioned facilities. The prison transfers stem from a lawsuit filed in 2014 seeking cooler temperatures for inmates, citing a spate of deaths in previous years.In 2016, the heat index at the Wallace Pack Unit, built in 1983, surpassed 100 degrees on 13 days and hovered around 90 degrees for 55 days, a federal judge ruling notes.