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Louisiana’s Plan To Keep Death Row Inmates Cool [Opinion]

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When I was a kid the worst thing in the world that could happen to you was being sent to prison. Now that I am an adult I still don’t want to go there but it sure seems like prison isn’t that bad. Even if you have committed the most heinous of crimes, according to the law you are still entitled to your rights as an American. I find that strange that a death row inmate has rights while their victims rights ceased the moment the crime was committed against them.

A few months ago we told you that a Federal Judge told officials at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola that conditions on death row were below standards. The standards that weren’t being met were in regard to keeping the prisoners cool during the summer months. The judge in the case said that temperatures on death row needed to be held at or below 88 degrees because people that needed to burn in hell shouldn’t sweat while they wait.

Prison officials have submitted their plan to U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson yesterday. In the plan Louisiana prison officials propose to keep death row cool by offering an air conditioning system, cold showers and chests of ice to keep “our guests” comfortable when the summer heat sets in.  While this plan has been proposed, it is not clear whether or not it will actually be implemented. State officials have appealed the original ruling regarding conditions on death row and that appeal has yet to be decided.

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