टेक्सास में, उनका तर्क है कि गर्मी कैदियों के लिए मौत की सजा हो सकता है
मूल द्वारा: NYTimes.com
प्रकाशित: 28 जुलाई 2012
पिछले गर्मी रिकार्ड तोड़ने की लहर टेक्सास पर एक गंभीर प्रभाव पड़ा, मोटे तौर पर की होने वाली मौतों में एक भूमिका निभा 150 लोग. उनमें से कई अपने घरों या अपार्टमेंट में पाया गया, but a few were discovered somewhere else — in their prison cells.
Ten inmates of the state prison system died of heat-related causes last summer in a 26-day period in July and August, a death toll that has alarmed prisoners’ rights advocates who believe that the lack of air-conditioning in most state prisons puts inmates’ lives at risk.
The 10 inmates were housed in areas that lacked air-conditioning, and several had collapsed or lost consciousness while they were in their cells. All of them were found to have died of hyperthermia, a condition that occurs when body temperature rises above 105 degrees, according to autopsy reports and the state’s prison agency.
Other factors contributed to their deaths. All but three of them had hypertension, and some were obese, had heart disease or were taking antipsychotic medications, which can affect the body’s ability to regulate heat.
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