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Texas Legislature 2021

After sweltering temperatures killed Texas prisoners, lawmakers vote to install air conditioning

The bill approved by the House aims to cool all of Texas’ prisons before 2029. But even if it is signed into law, the lockups will only be air conditioned if lawmakers provide funds for installation.

The Beto Unit prison, operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Tennessee Colony.
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