Thursday morning, local AFSCME correctional employees union President Lance Lowry held a press conference in Austin along with the Texas Civil Rights Project Group in regard to lack of climate control or air conditioning in the Texas Prison System.
Thursday, following the press conference, we talked with Lowry and asked him if the union was in talks with TDCJ officials . . . .
TDCJ spokesperson Jason Clark has responded to local media that the prison units were constructed, for the most part, before air conditioning was an option and that installation of air would be in the millions of dollars. He said TDCJ does make efforts to reduce the heat, and there is air conditioning in the medical, psychiatric, and geriatric units.