Low-tech portable A/C units reducing death row heat
BATON ROUGE - An air conditioning expert appointed by a federal judge has testified a portable air conditioner consisting of an ice chest, fan and duct has a high potential for success in helping to drop the extreme heat indexes on Louisiana's death row that threaten three ailing condemned killers.
Shane Hernandez, a professional engineer and A/C expert in Lafayette, told Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson Monday the low-tech units placed outside the inmates' cells work.
Jackson ordered state corrections officials in December 2013 to prevent heat indexes - a measure of temperature and humidity - on death row at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola from topping 88 degrees.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Small businesses will be able to apply for grants instead of loans
Gov. Edwards says to expect increased virus cases, is looking to gather...
Overnight fire destroys house, spreads to church
Congressman Garry Graves speaks about 2.2T relief bill
Gonzales woman looks to replenish blood donation drought