AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas prison system is paying $750,000 for climate-controlled barns for use in its pig farming program.
The buys come as the system faces lawsuits, criticism and complaints by inmates and guards about extreme heat.
The Austin American-Statesman reports the barns feature large fans with misters and exhaust fans to guarantee constant air movement. The state’s prison system uses inmate labor to raise pigs for prison consumption.
Bryan Collier is deputy director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He says the barns don’t have “air conditioning … it’s a climate-controlled environment.”
Meanwhile, at least 14 inmate deaths have been blamed on extreme heat averaging 120 degrees in some areas inside prisons in the past six years. Almost none of the inmate living areas have air conditioning.
(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- ‘I Am Seeking The Best Solutions’: Governor Abbott To Host Series Of Events On School Safety
- Police Say Oak Lawn Robbery, Assault Victims Were Targeted For Being Gay
- Pricey Perks For North Texas Superintendents
- Parents Arrested After Children Left In Hot Car While They Shopped
- Iconic Dallas Real Estate Firm To Sells To Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate
- Airline Reservation System Back Up After Failure
- George Zimmerman Stopped For Speeding In North Texas
- 4 Dead & 4 Wounded In 2 Related DFW Shootings
- PHOTOS: Local Mugshots
- PHOTOS: Your Pet Pictures