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Wed August 7, 2013

Death Row Inmates Seek Relief From The Heat

Federal judge to examine Angola death row cooling systems.

A federal judge in Louisiana is deciding if death row inmates are being held in unsafe conditions from extreme heat. There’s no air conditioning in that part of the state prison in Angola.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson heard three days of testimony. Three inmates say extreme heat aggravates their hypertension and other health problems.

The National Weather Service says the region can expect a heat index up to 110 degrees this week.

The state prison at Angola, about 130 miles northwest of New Orleans, uses fans for cooling. Prison officials say conditions are safe.

The judge is planning to visit the prison next week to examine the windows and ventilation.

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