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Baton Rouge Advocate: ‘Dangerously hot’: Death row inmates still face health problems from heat years after order to cool it down

By Joe gyan jr. jgyan@theadvocate.com

JUN 15, 2016

The state has done “little if anything” to keep the sweltering heat on Louisiana’s death row below 88 degrees, a Baton Rouge federal judge said Wednesday while warning he won’t shy away from making a “tough and unpopular” decision to protect the health and safety of three ailing condemned killers.

Nilay Vora, one of the inmates’ attorneys, asked Jackson to order implementation of the state’s first heat remediation plan. Vora said death row without air conditioning exposes Ball, Code and Magee to “serious risk of substantial harm.”

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