Nation Inside is hearing reports from prisoners and families across the country about abusive heat conditions. It’s an issue of life and death as summer rolls in and climate disruption brings triple digit temperatures. Hundreds of prisons, jails, and detention centers are already sweltering. Where facilities fail to take appropriate measures to cool inmates, there will be illness, needless suffering and death.
Exposing those inside our nation’s prisons to lethal temperatures is wrong. What’s more, it’s unconstitutional—amounting to a form of cruel and unusual punishment—and a violation of basic human rights. Help those inside by joining the national “Stop the Heat” campaign.
The #StopTheHeat campaign is a collection of grassroots organizations around the country working to end abusive conditions in prisons. Members include the Texas Inmate Families Association (TIFA), Oklahoma CURE, Prison Legal News, and Nation Inside.