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ACLU Asks Court to Release Children from Angola Prison as Heat Index Tops 130°

HeadlineJul 19, 2023

Here in the U.S., more than 58 million people are enduring triple-digit temperatures this week, with forecasters warning a massive heat dome will remain fixed in southwestern and southern states.

In Louisiana, the ACLU filed an emergency plea with a federal court this week asking for the transfer of children incarcerated at the notorious Angola prison. Advocates say the child prisoners — who are mostly Black — were locked in windowless cells without air conditioning around the clock in the prison’s former death row as the heat index inside Angola topped 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

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