How one reporter uncovered possible heat-related deaths in Texas prisons


The global summer heat wave didn’t spare the U.S., with the Southwest especially experiencing record-high temperatures. In Texas, people who may be at a higher risk of developing heat-related illnesses include the more than 100,000 inmates serving time in state prisons. 

According to former Texas Tribune criminal justice reporter Jolie McCullough, more than two-thirds of state penitentiaries don’t have air conditioning in the majority of living sections. McCullough has been drawing attention to that issue for six years, and she recently talked about her data-gathering and sourcing strategies with the Association of Health Care Journalists. 

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