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Texas Prison Air Conditioning Lawsuit Settled

A lawsuit over the lack of air conditioning in a Central Texas prison has been decided.

According to the Texas Tribune, Judge Keith Ellison ended a lawsuit on Tuesday regarding air conditioning in a prison located near College Station. Ellison approved a settlement proposal that calls for permanently installing air conditioning in the Wallace Pack Prison.

The original lawsuit was brought forth several years ago when inmates sued the Texas Department of Criminal Justice over the lack of air conditioning at the prison. The lawsuit cited two dozen prisoners who died from heat stroke over several years, according to the Texas Tribune. The State of Texas disagreed with the lawsuit, citing that it provided fans and ice water during extreme heat conditions.

In addition to the air condition, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is reportedly planning to enact in a plan to identify inmates who may be medically sensitive to heat to place them in an air-conditioned bed location. 

Photo by Jolie McCullough of the Texas Tribune

Photo by Jolie McCullough of the Texas Tribune

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