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Group cites extreme temperatures in Coxsackie prison

May 04, 2023 1:03 pm

Andrea Macko reports for Porcupine Soup that New York State should address extreme summertime heat conditions within Coxsackie Correctional Facility, according to an independent prison oversight group. The Correctional Association of New York reported that sweltering heat posed serious challenges to the health of both inmates and employees at the Coxsackie facility. Jennifer Scaife, executive director at CANY, said, "Our visit to Coxsackie Correctional Facility has shed light on several concerning issues within our correctional system," saying extreme heat conditions “pose serious challenges to the health and well-being of incarcerated individuals and staff.” The Correctional Association of New York met with staff and interviewed 97 inmates over the course of those two days about issues in the prison. “Numerous respondents highlighted the need for central air conditioning or fans in the buildings, and especially in their cells, where they reported that the small spaces made the air stagnant. People reported that the commissary did not have a sufficient stock of fans," the group's report said. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision disagrees with the group's findings. They released a statement saying, “Temperatures experienced at Coxsackie Correctional Facility indoor living and work areas are appropriate to the summer and winter comfort zones.” Read more about this story at Porcupine Soup.

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