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“It’s a living hell”: Scorching heat in Texas prisons revives air-conditioning debate

Texas heat has killed prisoners and cost the state millions in wrongful death and civil rights lawsuits. Prison rights advocates hope a budget surplus next year will finally push lawmakers to invest in air conditioning.

Ferguson Unit incarcerated person David Segovia speaks about the unbearable heat he experienced living on the third floor of the prison outside of Huntsville, TX, on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022.
The Ferguson Unit outside of Huntsville, TX, on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022.
Ferguson Unit incarcerated person David Segovia shows a heat rash on his arm in the prison outside of Huntsville, TX, on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022.

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