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Extreme Heat in Texas Prisons (Spring 2015)
In April 2015, the [Human Rights] Clinic published the report “Reckless Indifference: Extreme Heat in Texas Prisons” and revealed the ongoing, dire conditions that inmates and guards alike are exposed to in Texas prisons, which have claimed the lives of at least 14 inmates since 2007. This report expanded on the Clinic’s previous work by adding inmate testimony as well as inmate grievances, and it established that pleas to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) have been largely ignored. The Clinic urges the TDCJ and the Texas Legislature to implement the recommendations enumerated in the report before the federal government inevitably intervenes. In doing so, the Clinic joins the calls of other national and international organizations that consider these dangerous conditions to be a violation of the inmates’ constitutional and human rights. READ MORE
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