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Woman Dies of Heatstroke at Sweltering California Prison Amid Record-Breaking Heat Wave

HeadlineJul 09, 2024

In California, advocates are demanding justice for a woman who died while incarcerated at a prison in Chowchilla as a blistering heat wave swept across the region. The woman died over the weekend, two days after being hospitalized. Her cause of death is still undetermined, but the group California Coalition for Women Prisoners blamed prison neglect and heat exhaustion. They said the woman “became incoherent” and “dropped to the ground” while she took a shower to try to cool off. The group has received several other reports of unbearable heat inside the Central California Women’s Facility with people suffering “widespread headaches, vomiting and other dangerous physical symptoms.”

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