Death In Hot Jail Cell Highlights National Issue - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Death In Hot Jail Cell Highlights National Issue

Posted: Updated:

NEW YORK (AP) - The death of a New York City inmate in a 100-degree cell in February shows the dangers of overheated conditions in jails and prisons, an issue facing corrections officials nationwide.

As summer approaches, corrections officials throughout the country must deal with prisoners' potentially fatal exposure to extreme heat.

Advocates say rising temperatures are a threat to an increasingly mentally ill and aging prisoner population. Experts say psychotropic medications make inmates sensitive to heat.

Lawsuits over heat conditions in jails and prisons have been filed in Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois, Louisiana, Georgia and Delaware.

The Department of Justice doesn't track heat-related incarceration deaths. A report issued last month by the University of Texas Human Rights Clinic found 14 Texas inmates have died from exposure to extreme heat since 2007.

 

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • ContestsMore>>

  • Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    The WMDT 47 Teachers Who Make a Difference Contest is Sponsored by Accurate Optical: "Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school." Each month weMore >>
    The 47 ABC "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Sponsored by Accurate Optical Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school.More >>
  • Free Tuition Contest

    Free Tuition Contest

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Homeless Sex Offenders

    Homeless Sex Offenders

    DELAWARE - Individuals featured in this slideshow are NOT wanted. They are sex offenders who have registered with Delaware State Police as homeless. These are public notifications.More >>
    DELAWARE - Individuals featured in this slideshow are NOT wanted. They are sex offenders who have registered with Delaware State Police as homeless. These are public notifications.More >>
  • Wicomico County Schools Issue Heat Advisory

    Wicomico County Schools Issue Heat Advisory

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:09 AM EDT2014-09-02 04:09:55 GMT
    WICOMICO CO., Md. - With the predicted return of hot weather this week, Wicomico County Public Schools are reminding Wicomico school families of theMore >>
    WICOMICO CO., Md. - With the predicted return of hot weather this week, Wicomico County Public Schools are reminding Wicomico school families of the excused absence option for students attending schoolsMore >>
  • Head-On Car Crash Kills 3 In Accomack

    Head-On Car Crash Kills 3 In Accomack

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:39:26 GMT
    ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. - A head-on collision has taken the lives of three after a drunk driver struck a car holding six people. The drunk driver, who was driving a van, has been arrested for DUI. The crashMore >>
    ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. - A head-on collision has taken the lives of three after a drunk driver struck a car holding six people. The drunk driver, who was driving a van, has been arrested for DUI. The crashMore >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.