Lack of AC challenged in US lockups


The Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment against its citizens.  Courts in several jurisdictions have found incarceration in extremes of hot and cold to be prohibited by the Eighth Amendment, yet the lack of air conditioning for inmates continues to be a prevalent issue, for reasons ranging from expense to the desire to inflict additional punishment on the inmate as a deterrent.

 

Some areas of the country, including Arizona, seem to pride themselves on how severely they treat their prisoners.  However, sweltering summer temperatures are becoming more frequent and intense, and raise a real health concern for people who don’t have any control over their circumstances.

 

For more information, click the New York Times article below:

 

http://nyti.ms/2bsUrp1

 

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