Demand A/C in All Florida Prisons
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Today’s forecast … Grueling heat. Heat index has begun reaching over 100° in parts of the state.
The 8th amendment gives constitutional right to prisoners to be free of cruel and unusual punishment. It’s been a well-known fight, in the age of mass incarceration against inhuman prison tactics and policies that strip human dignity and basic needs. In Florida our heat index is already rising above 100°. Most of our public is unaware that thousands of inmates for an array of charges, including non-violent convictions are held within concrete walls of filth, disease and violence with no AC. Some facilities such as Martin CI are reported to have broken exhaust fans. Nothing being done to fix them. Temperatures regularly rise above the healthy body heat index. Once the external heat index rises about 95°, the body cannot cool down. Our loved one’s and correctional officers face, hallucinations, heat stroke, dehydration, and even death. Temperature can easily rise above 120° within the concrete prison walls, with little ventilation and broke exhaust fans.
Florida’s inmate mortality is the highest in the country. Current count as of 6/13/18 is 216 deaths with 176 pending investigations. If our prisons had basic AC then the violence would decrease, medical costs would decrease, and behavioral health would improve. With the rate of climate change our prisons our reaching incredible temperatures never reached in the past, it’s time to reform NOW. These provisions are within the 8th amendment guaranteeing our prisoners freedom from cruel and unusual punishment. If the state of Florida can not put up to fulfill their obligations of healthcare and basic needs, it’s time to end the era of mass incarceration. Put up or Release
Most facilities house the dogs in AC, but house our human beings, in deplorable conditions. Conditions of rodents, filth and disease …. which only decrease safety and increase our state mortality rate. THE HIGHEST IN THE COUNTRY!
It’s time to lower our medical bills with preventative measures, prevent heat stroke, prevent violence and prevent death with and AC!
Correctional officers are also subject to the grueling heat, they are already under paid to do dangerous and important jobs of protecting our loved ones and controlling contraband. It’s time they work in better conditions with humane temperatures.
Put out or RELEASE
Facilities without AC
- Taylor main unit & Work camp
- Jackson CI
- DeSoto Annex
- Franklin Work Camp
- Columbia main unit and work camp
- Martin CI (Broken exhaust fans, stagnant heat)
- Hamilton Work camp & annex
- RMC main unit & west unit
- Baker work camp
- Columbia work camp
- Lowell minor facilities and some dorms
- Gulf CI
- Marion CI
- Walton Work camp
- Putnam County CI
- Okaloosa CI
- Lawtey CI
- Apalachee East unit
- Holmes CI
Florida Legislature, we DEMAND you adequately fund our institutions and prisons or RELEASE
We DEMAND humane practices with include freedom from Cruel and unusual punishment
We DEMAND A/C in ALL Florida institutions
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