It's hot. And it's hell in prison!
It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility. Yogi Berra With all the coverage these days about the proposed new Michigan budget, have you heard anything about air conditioning for state prisons? Me neither. We’re tough on crime in this state. If they hadn’t committed the crime, they wouldn’t be doing the time. And by God, when it’s hot, they can just sweat! Michigan’s 29 state prisons don’t have air conditioning. The news reports of heat waves in the western and eastern sections of our country remind us that it gets hot in the summer. In Michigan, too. And when it does, conditions in our prisoners become unbearable. Courts in Wisconsin, Arizona, and Mississippi have ruled that incarceration in extremely hot or cold temperatures violates the Eighth Amendment. But those rulings had no national impact on air conditioning in prisons. Except for special units, Michigan’s prisons have no AC. Last year we were flooded with complaints, as the high temperature situation became