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Suit: Texas heat dangerous for elderly inmates

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Advocacy groups have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that sick, elderly and disabled prisoners are being exposed to dangerous heat at an un-air-conditioned lockup in southeastern Texas.

Wednesday's suit at a Houston-based court is on behalf of four inmates at the Wallace Pack unit in Navasota.

All suffer from disabilities or medical conditions exacerbated by high temperatures.

The suit alleges that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is housing inmates in conditions that are inhumane enough to violate constitutional guarantees.

It asks the court to compel officials to lower the heat index at the facility to a maximum 88 degrees.

Many prisons statewide don't have air conditioning, and a series of previously filed lawsuits challenges summer conditions there.

A state criminal justice spokesman said he couldn't comment on pending legislation.

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