An inmate at the Jasper County Jail died this week from possible heat exhaustion.
A trustee who volunteers for work cleaning parts of Jasper County passed out and was transported to Beaumont Hospital where he passed away.
The Texas Rangers are investigating the case.
The summer Texas heat is not something inmates should take lightly. The majority of Texas prisons do not have air-conditioning or their units have poor air circulation making condition unbearable at times.
Write or visit your incarcerated friends or loved ones and inform them of the dangers of heat exhaustion. On days where the outside temperature is 100 degrees, the inside temperature can reach 150 degrees with the heat index.
Look for these signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
- Hot, flushed, dry skin
- Rapid heart rate
- Decreased sweating
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle cramps
- Increase body temperatures
- Involuntary shivers
- Difficulty talking
- Forgetfulness or confusion
- Loss of consciousness
Offenders should take appropriate measures to stay cool and hydrated. TDCJ advises each inmate to drink at least two gallons of water on hot days.