NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court says Louisiana prison officials don't have to air-condition death row at the state penitentiary — but do have to provide relief from the heat for three condemned inmates suffering from high blood pressure and other illnesses.
Wednesdays' 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling came in the case of three condemned prisoners who filed suit over the heat. All three suffer from high blood pressure among other health problems.
The appeals court agreed that excessive heat posed a serious health threat to the three and therefore violated their constitutional rights.
But it said that could be remedied without air conditioning death row. Suggested remedies include allowing the prisoners more access to air conditioned areas or providing them with better access to ice, fans and cold showers.