Texas has never had the proclivity for coddling criminals. Few politicians have been punished for adopting a tough-on-crime line in their advertising pitches. But pleasing crowds and governing are distinct arts and require knowing the difference between being tough on crime and being brutal.
A report by the American-Statesman’s Mike Ward in Friday’s editions indicates that that the state’s penal officialdom is still sorting out the difference. A lawsuit filed in Galveston on Thursday alleges that at least 13 prison deaths are attributable to temperatures that shoot above 100 degrees in cell blocks that aren’t air conditioned.
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