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Death row air conditioning rare in South

3 years 2 months 3 days ago August 24, 2013 Aug 24, 2013 Saturday, August 24 2013 August 24, 2013 9:38 AM in News
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Triple-digit heat indexes experienced by three convicted murderers suing officials at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola are similar to the conditions endured by inmates on Death Row in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

But condemned prisoners in Arkansas have air conditioning and Arkansas prison policy calls for summertime cell temperatures ranging from 74 to 78 degrees.

The Advocate reports New Orleans nonprofit The Promise of Justice Initiative filed suit about conditions on Louisiana's death row on behalf of three inmates. According to the suit, a heat index of 195 degrees was experienced at Angola in 2011 and an index of 172 degrees occurred last year.

Angola Warden Burl Cain says he doubts the super-high heat indexes are accurate.

A ruling in the lawsuit is expected later this summer.

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