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As convicts, staff swelter, prison system buys ‘climate-controlled’ pig barns

Officials defend purchase for swine-breeding program; critics call $750,000 deal ‘outrageous.’

By Mike Ward - American-Statesman Staff



At a time when Texas convicts and guards complain they are sweltering in prisons without air conditioning, the prison system is getting six new pig barns with a “climate-controlled environment” to ensure the hogs don’t overheat.

Prison officials on Friday defended the construction of the modular pig barns that feature water misters and large fans that can reduce temperatures by 20 degrees or more. They also have heating in the winter.

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