Coolers bring relief to prison inmates

Idaho StatesmanJuly 3, 2013 

KUNA — Temperatures inside a housing area at the Idaho State Correctional Institution were much more pleasant today as extra swamp coolers were brought in to cool things off.

A total of six of the coolers were working today in Unit 24, a former warehouse that served as the prison's upholstery shop that now houses 188 inmates. Four of the coolers are permanent units, two others are portable ones. Blocks of ice were added to four of them to aid in cooling the housing unit.

At 2 p.m., when the outside temperature was 92 degrees, it was between 78 and 80 degrees inside, said Jeff Ray, spokesman for the state Department of Correction.

"Staff say they have received no complaints today from inmates about the temperature inside Unit 24," Ray said.

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