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Despite Heat Wave, Some Philadelphia Inmates — And Guards — Get No Air Conditioning

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – While some of Philadelphia’s prisons have air conditioning, some of the biggest and oldest facilities do not.

And that leaves both prisoners and corrections officers sweltering when temperatures reach into the 90s and above, as they are today.

“Three of our facilities have air conditioning,” says prisons system spokesman Bob Eskind, “but the House of Corrections does not.  It was built in 1927.  The Detention Center does not have air conditioning.  So that’s about 2,000 inmates, all told, who are not in air conditioning.”

Eskind says that every effort is made to provide some relief to prisoners and guards by using fans, keeping everyone hydrated, and allowing inmates to wear shorts (even though officers must be in full uniform).

When lengthy temperature extremes occur, Eskind says inmates with medical problems are moved to air conditioned facilities.

Reported by Al Novack, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • anders norsman

    If you can’t do the time don’t do the crime.

  • Todd McDonald

    Not everyone who pays taxes has air-conditioning. Why should these taxpayers without air-conditioning be expected to contribute their hard-earned pay so law-breakers don’t have to sweat? Air-conditioning is a luxury, not a right.

    Easy solution (as mentioned in the other comments), don’t do the crime.

  • HooDatIS?

    this is cruel and unusual punishment
    no one should be subjected to third world country living situations like this

  • Carolyn

    bro, you r so right! Don’t do the crime, if u can’t do the time!!!

  • bro

    Sounds like they have it under control. For any inmates who are uncomfortable, tip: don’t get thrown in jail!

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