In a quite devastating article and documentary from 2017, The Marshall Project tells us stories of incarcerated and their families, lawsuits, and the denial of so many Counties/Jails/Institutions denial to address this ongoing and growing issue.
Most of the content we publish is informing and can also can be upsetting: I would put a trigger warning on this article.
A growing segment of the incarcerated population is especially heat-sensitive. Jails and prisons house an increasing number of people with mental illness; as many as one in five Texas prisoners are prescribed psychotropic medications, which make the body more vulnerable to heat. A similar number receive blood pressure drugs, which can cause the same problem. And the rise of longer sentences in the 1980s and 90s has produced a surge of older prisoners, who are particularly susceptible to heat illnesses.