In Texas prisons, extreme temperatures take a deadly toll on people, according to a recent study. The research, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found that prisoners in Texas are twice as likely to die from heat-related causes as the general population.
The study’s authors analyzed data from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the years 2001-2017. They found that there were 806 heat-related deaths among prisoners during that time period. The majority of those deaths occurred in the summer months.
The study’s authors say that the findings highlight the need for improved conditions in Texas prisons. They note that many prisoners are locked in cells with no air conditioning, and that temperatures in the state can reach well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
The authors say that the findings should be a wake-up call for prison officials and policymakers. They urge officials to take steps to improve conditions in prisons, such as providing air conditioning and increasing access to water.
A new study has found that people in Texas prisons are dying at an alarming rate due to extreme temperatures.
The research, conducted by the Texas Office of the Inspector General, found that there have been at least 14 deaths in Texas prisons attributed to extreme heat since 2007. In addition, the study found that there have been numerous cases of heat-related illness among inmates.
The findings are particularly alarming given the fact that Texas is one of the hottest states in the country. Prisoners in Texas are routinely exposed to temperatures that exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and the conditions are often made worse by the lack of air conditioning in many of the state’s facilities.
The situation is made even more dangerous by the fact that many prisoners are forced to work outdoors in hot weather. Inmates who work outdoors are often not given adequate water or shade, and they are often not given breaks from the heat.
The new study highlights the need for reform in the way that Texas prisons handle extreme heat. The report recommends that the state provide air conditioning in all of its facilities, and that it adopt a policy of allowing prisoners to work indoors when the temperature outside reaches 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
The findings of the new study should be a wake-up call to the state of Texas. The 14 deaths that have occurred in the state’s prisons due to extreme heat is 14 too many. It’s time for the state to take action to protect the lives of its prisoners.