Angola Warden Cain Says Cooling Death Row Violated Court Order


Warden Burl Cain of Louisiana’s Angola Prison testified he ordered steps to cool the death row tiers in violation of a court order, says the New Orleans Times-Picayune, quoting the Associated Press. Three prisoners sued, claiming a heightened risk of heat-related illness and death.

A judge had ordered that temperature data be collected, but Cain said, “In our intention to do something good, we really violated the order. It was an honest mistake. I really apologize.” Regardless of Cain's intentions, the judge said he might still place sanctions on the prison for taking the steps since they violated his court order. On Monday, two of the three inmates who filed suit testified to temperatures they called “indescribable” and “like hell.” The inmates say the prison temperatures violated their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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