A majority of Texas state prisons currently lack air conditioning. Texas prisoners and staff endure extreme heat and humidity in closed facilities, without proper air ventilation, for months on end every year. This legislative session, FAMM is supporting reforms that would require the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to maintain reasonable and humane temperatures within all Texas prison facilities.
2019 Laws and Policy
HB 936 and SB 321 are identical bills introduced in both houses of the legislature. If passed, they would require the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to maintain reasonable and humane temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit within all Texas prison facilities.
FAMM supports these bills. The bills are not yet law. To become law, they must first be approved by committees, then passed by the Texas House and Texas Senate, and signed by the governor.
On March 21, 2019, the House Committee on Corrections held a public hearing for HB 936 and FAMM submitted written testimony, urging the committee to advance the bill. Read our testimony for HB 936 here.