Heat in Texas Prisons is deadly! TDCJ we demand climate control!

Heat in Texas Prisons is deadly! TDCJ we demand climate control!

0 have signed. Let’s get to 200!
At 200 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!

Imagine being locked in a concrete cell struggling to breathe for hours on end.This is a reality for many Texas prisoners. The stifling summer heat, which can cause temperatures to reach up to 130 degrees indoors, is unbearable. In these conditions, some might not survive, and since 2007, there have been at least 14 heat-related deaths in Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) prisons.

Despite the heat-related fatalities, the TDCJ has done little to prevent prisoners and guards from baking in the Texas heat! Fans are typically provided as a solution, but they are ineffective. The Centers for Disease Control found that while fans help maintain comfort at temperatures below 90 degrees, they do not protect against heatstroke or heat-related injuries above 90 degrees with added humidity. Conditions in Texas regularly exceed these levels.

I have seen firsthand the conditions Texas prisoners are subjected to. As a volunteer with a church outreach group, I have visited prison many times in the summer and often leave feeling dehydrated and exhausted from the heat. My son is currently incarcerated in Texas and he tells me that he is often not allowed to go outside in the summer -- and unbelievably, it is hotter inside the prison than outside.

I believe prison should absolutely be punishment for crimes committed, but air conditioning is not a luxury; for some it is the difference between life or death. I ask you to please sign and share my petition asking the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to immediately increase ventilation and install air conditioners across the state. Prisoners are human, too.

0 have signed. Let’s get to 200!
At 200 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!