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Extreme heat this summer has been rough. Now, try going through it without A/C

Texas Public Radio reporter Paul Flahive offers insight into what people in Texas prisons have experienced this summer.


A prison guard on watch at the Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas.


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This summer's extreme heat has been rough on all of us. Now, imagine you have no choice about where you are, and there's no air conditioning.

That's reality for about 100,000 people in Texas prisons.

To discuss how they've fared during this summer's extreme heat, we talk with Paul Flahive, accountability reporter for Texas Public Radio.

In the audio above, he tells us a large percentage of Texas prisons are not air-conditioned, or have very limited A/C and often top 85 degrees. (There is no legally mandated threshold for temperature in Texas prisons).

Flahive also explains why there’s controversy surrounding even accounting for deaths due to extreme heat in state prisons, and what efforts have been undertaken at the state and federal level to address concerns over extreme heat conditions in such facilities.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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