Prison heat

06/23/2014 4:31 PM

06/23/2014 4:32 PM

The June 20 commentary, “Summer heat kills inmates in Texas prisons” by the Human Rights Clinic, is a seasonal issue that state legislators need to address.

The Texas sauna heat of summer is unparalleled, and keeping inmates institutionalized without air conditioning in these conditions speaks loudly to violations of the Eighth Amendment.

The “do the crime, do the time” philosophy is not applicable to include torture. Even “Gitmo,” Arkansas and Oklahoma provide air-conditioning — why not Texas with its oppressive heat?

The excessive heat problem has been visited periodically with a Rolodex of excuses to not initiate a humane solution. If the Legislature can’t or won’t fix the issue, the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually mandate air conditioners.

— Delores Cantrell, Fort Worth

Submit a Letter or Cheer/Jeer

Verification: Letters must include author's full name, address and day and home phone numbers for verification purposes only.

Frequency: Writers are limited to one letter every 30 days.

Content: Suggested letter length is 200 words or less. Please limit your Cheer or Jeer to 50 words or less.

Items may be edited. All submissions to the Star-Telegram will become the property of the Star-Telegram.

Questions: Call 817-390-7830 or contact Mike Norman, Editorial Page Director​ at​

Submit here

Join the Discussion

Fort Worth Star-Telegram is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQ | Terms of Service