Court won’t require air conditioning on Louisiana death row

According to an AP report, Louisiana prison officials don’t have to air-condition death row at the state penitentiary in Angola, La., but they do have to provide some relief from the heat for three condemned inmates suffering from high blood pressure and other illnesses, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the case of three prisoners who filed suit over the heat. The appeals court sent the case back to a district judge to come up with remedies for the heat, with suggestions including increased access to ice, water and cold showers. The court also said air conditioning part of the death row facility is a possibility, although air conditioning is not a required remedy.

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