By Sid Salter, Syndicated columnist
The Picayune Item
The notion that the taxpayers of Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida are submitting Death Row prisoners in those states to “cruel and unusual punishment” by not providing air conditioning for their cells is news indeed to people of a certain age across the South.
The ACLU argues that not providing air conditioning to Death Row inmates violates their 8th Amendment rights. In a prior Texas case, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed with that argument.
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