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Posted: Monday, 17 February 2014 6:10AM

Deadline for plan to cool down death row

The Louisiana Department of Corrections must present a plan to a federal judge today on how it will keep the heat index from going above 88-degrees on death row at Angola. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson ruled last December that death row inmates are subjected to cruel and unusual punishment during hot summer days.

"I think the judge is looking for the parties to compromise," said legal analyst Tim Meche.
The state department of public safety and corrections could still appeal the ruling. They argued during the trial that death row inmates had not suffered any adverse health affects as a result of the conditions. But Meche says it's not surprising Judge Jackson ruled in favor of the inmates.
"Prisoners anywhere in America or in Afghanistan or other places have the right to have humane conditions," Meche said.

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