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Judge: death row too uncomfortable for the worst offenders

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Posted: Dec 19, 2013 4:57 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: angola, heat, judge, ruling, unconstitutional

ANGOLA- Prison leaders at the state penitentiary will have to devise a plan to cool cells on death row after a judge ruled it is so hot, the heat violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson released his decision Thursday in a civil rights lawsuit filed for three condemned inmates, challenging death row conditions in summer as unsafe. Jackson wants a plan so that the heat index never goes above 88 degrees.

But, prison officials argued the conditions are safe.

The inmates who were plaintiffs in the lawsuit have high blood pressure and other health ailments that their lawyers said could be worsened by heat.
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