After a losing a legal battle over extreme heat in Texas prisons, TDCJ announced plans to add air conditioning to the Hodge Unit in East Texas.
The Hodge Unit, located in Rusk, houses geriatric and medically fragile prisoners.
The cost to add air conditioning will be around $2 million U.S. dollars said TDCJ spokesperson Jeremy Desel.
A class action suit over heat conditions at the Pack Unit in Navasota, Texas was brought against TDCJ. U.S. District Judge Keith Ellis approved the settlement in which TDCJ would install air conditioning at the Wallace Pack Unit.
The Wallace Pack Unit is a minimum security prison which houses 1,500 male offenders serving sentences for non-violent crimes. Many of the inmates are disabled, elderly, sick, or take drugs which increases the risk of heat stroke.
Only 29 Texas prisons provide air-conditioned living quarters for inmates.
An installation date has not been determined.
Texas state law requires all county jails to be air-conditioned. Many inmates moved from county jail to a TDCJ facility have trouble adjusting to a prison without air conditioning.
The excess heat drains energy from the body. The only thing to look forward to other than “making store” is the possibility of making parole and getting out sooner.
The parole rates are higher than in recent years so why not take advantage of it and get the people inside started working on their parole packet?
Our parole book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, is available as a download and as a download with a printed copy that we can mail into the prison. Since we are a publishing company we are allowed to mail the books directly to the prisoners.