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Air Conditioning Breaks Down at State Prison (Jun 08, 2011)

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Inmates — including those on death row — and prison staff are dealing with a lack of air-conditioning in three units at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

Warden's assistant Terry Crenshaw said Wednesday that the 20- to 30-year-old units broke down Friday. He says partial air conditioning has been restored and fans are being used — but didn't know when the units will be repaired. He said ice and additional showers are being provided and staffing levels were increased to maintain security.

He said the only problems due to the outage — first reported by KOTV — have been minor heat-related illnesses.

He said temperatures in the units have ranged from the low 80s to the mid 90s. The National Weather Service reports highs of 92 to 94 degrees since Friday.



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