Inmate Families Sue Over Heat-Related Prison Deaths

As summer temperatures begin to soar, the Texas Civil Rights Project and Austin lawyer Jeff Edwards filed wrongful death lawsuits Thursday against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the University of Texas Medical Branch, alleging that  they failed to protect four prisoners who died from heat stroke.

Inmates Douglas Hudson, Kenneth Wayne James and Rodney Adams were housed at the Gurney facility near Tennessee Colony, and Robert Allen Webb was at the Hodge facility near Rusk when they died. The lawsuits allege that all four men — serving time for nonviolent crimes — suffered from medical conditions that made them more ...

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