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We know Texas gets hot, but this, if true, is a little ridiculous.Gawker is reporting part of the Kennedy Texas-based Connally Unit prison was shut down last month because it ran out of water.
In a statement to Gawker, Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said the department has everything under control.
“When notified of the impending water loss the agency acted swiftly and brought in three 500 gallon water trucks and a six thousand gallon water tanker. Consumable water and ice were placed in Igloo’s and distributed throughout the unit.”
Everything is reportedly back to normal at the prison, with the exception of the shower schedule. Inmates who aren’t working can only shower every other day, while working inmates are allowed to shower every day.
But a Gawker reader who works with the families of inmates had a much different view of the situation.
Based on the unidentified reader’s account, the living environment in the prison sounds less than tolerable.
“The men were locked up in cells 23 hours a day in over 100 degree heat with no A/C and warm sack lunches of green bologna,” the reader told Gawker. “No water with just a few bottles. Peeing in cups, not able to flush. It was a health hazard.”
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