UPDATED: Texas agrees to air condition prison, settling lawsuit


Ending a 3½-year legal battle, Texas officials have agreed to air-condition an East Texas prison where heat-sensitive prisoners argued that triple-digit temperatures put their lives at risk every summer, a lawyer for the inmates said Friday.

The settlement, hammered out during several intense days of mediation earlier this week, must be finalized and presented to a Houston federal judge for approval, Austin lawyer Jeff Edwards said.

“I can’t tell you what happened inside that room, but I can tell you the result — every inmate in there is are going to get AC,” Edwards said.

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