Air Conditioning To Be Installed in Wallace Pack Unit
U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison approved a settlement for a class action lawsuit filed by inmates from the Wallace Pack Unit.
The lawsuit filed in 2014, claimed the lack of air conditioning was cruel and unusual punishment.
The terms of the settlement include the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to install temporary air conditioning with permanent air conditioning to be installed by May 1, 2020.
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.
In the past 20 years, 23 inmates have died from heat-related illnesses.
Even though this lawsuit only applies to the Wallace Pack Unit, it can be used as a guide for inmates all over Texas as they fight for air-conditioned prisons.