A death-from-heat lawsuit named Texas prison officials has culprits in the deaths of four men last summer. Seems all of them sit in 75 degrees and have their weapons kept a serviceable 75 degrees, while temperatures within the cells soar above 100 into the night. The weak, those on medicines, the vulnerable die. Inmates don’t even receive adequate water, according to the complaint: ” Prisoners are not allowed to have personal fans at the Gurney Unit and water is in short supply, the families say.
“Defendants provide grossly inadequate amounts of water to help prisoners survive the extremely high temperatures indoors,” the complaint states. “TDCJ policy requires officers only to bring one large jug per fifty-four prisoners to the prisoner living areas (at most) three times a day. Throughout the system, and at Gurney, the jugs did not contain enough water for each prisoner to drink enough to protect them from the heat, and are frequently filled with lukewarm water. While Director Eason has stated the provision of water should occur as much as possible and should not be limited to three times a day, the provision of sufficient water to stay hydrated did not occur at the Gurney Unit.” (Parentheses in complaint.)