‘Inhumane’ prison conditions

Posted Saturday, Jun. 22, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Judging from the June 15 story “Texas prison system sued over heat deaths,” it’s obvious that “cruel and unusual punishments,” prohibited by the Eighth Amendment, are being inflicted on prisoners with known and documented health problems that are exacerbated by heat, which can lead to deaths.

So, instead of installing air conditioners in prisons at a cost of millions of dollars, the state would rather face lawsuits, which may result in settlements amounting to more than the expense for air conditioning, plus the wrath of Supreme Court justices if some of these lawsuits come before them and they rule against “cruel and unusual punishments.”

— Cynthia Sseketto, Fort Worth

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