About 1,000 women at the federal medical prison in Fort Worth were left without heat in freezing temperatures caused by winter storm Uri, according to women in the prison and family members of women incarcerated there, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. While the Federal Medical Center Carswell (FMC Carswell) retained electricity, the heat never kicked on and only cold water was available from Sunday to Monday evening, women at the prison said. “They knew the story was coming,” an inmate told the newspaper. “And they didn’t think fixing the heater would be a good idea? Or making sure water pipes were secured? Or a back-up generator?”
The prison is the only federal medical facility for women in the country, and most people incarcerated there have medical problems. As of Tuesday, 31 women officially still had COVID-19, according to BOP data, although many more were still sick from the virus, family members and women at the prison said.