Dangerous Temperatures in Texas Prisons

The articles and research studies listed here highlight the challenges faced by incarcerated individuals in a state known for its scorching summers and unpredictable weather. Discover the impacts of heatwaves, cold snaps, and inadequate climate control on the well-being and safety of those incarcerated in Texas.

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The 19th Temperature extremes heighten preexisting physical and mental conditions, especially for incarcerated women.

Texas A&M Research Extreme Heat at Texas Prisons An 'Ongoing But Preventable Disaster'

Prison Policy Initiative Heat, floods, pests, disease, and death: What climate change means for people in prison

Austin Chronicle Texas Prisons are Cooking People Alive. Are We Okay with That?

WFFA "Physically, your body is in pure survival mode during the summer months." 

PBS NewHour ‘I thought I was going to die there.’

KUT "Why did't they just kill us?" Three Women Talk about Life in a Texas Prison without AC.

KSUT Former Texas prisoners come to Colorado to raise awareness of dangers of extreme heat.

KXAN Texas prison heat illnesses

KXAN State of Texas - Prison Heat Impacts