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OK Heat Affects Prison Population (Aug 13, 2012)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma's record heat is affecting correctional officers and inmates who work and live in prisons without air conditioning.

Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie says slightly more than half of the housing units in the system have air conditioning.

No heat-related deaths have been reported, but Jess Dunn Correctional Center spokeswoman Cathy Sasnett told the Tulsa World that about 18 offenders have been treated for heat-related illnesses at the minimum-security facility in Taft.

Massie says inmates can purchase fans, and fans are provided for indigent offenders.

Lexington Assessment and Reception Center officer David Edelman says it's still in the mid-90s when he goes to work at midnight. He says the heat makes guards think about water and become lethargic.

Edelman also says offenders don't sleep through the night.

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