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A New Federal Ruling Provides Heat Relief For Inmates

After a lawsuit against the state a federal ruling is making prisons provide heat relief for inmates.

State officials are expected to roll out a plan today in compliance with a federal ruling to provide heat relief to hundreds of Texas inmates.

This would be for elderly, disabled, and other heat-sensitive inmates at the Wallace pack unit, northwest of Houston.

The ruling was on the tails of a lawsuit against the state, for unsafe conditions for inmates without air conditioning.

State officials have said they plan to appeal the ruling, but in the meantime, they have to comply with the injunction.

According to court documents, 22 inmates have died of heat stroke in Texas prisons since 1998, and 100 had heat-related injuries last year.