February 28, 2024
Death row left without heat, despite complaints

Individuals incarcerated on Alabama’s death row have been without heat for a few weeks, including last night’s cold freeze, sources told the Alabama Political Reporter.

Individuals on death row are primarily located at Holman Correctional Facility and APR was informed by a source that despite complaints made to the warden and correctional officers, the heat has not functioned for several weeks. The warden at Holman is Terry Raybon who has a history of physical altercations with women and alleged cruel treatment towards incarcerated people.

According to the source, the heat is supposed to come on when the temperature drops below 50 however, they said only cold air was blowing Tuesday night. In Atmore, where Holman is located, the temperature fell to about 13 degrees overnight into early Wednesday morning. Alabama’s prisons being without proper air conditioning is not a new phenomenon.

In 2022, it was reported that according to anonymous sources incarcerated individuals at Limestone Correctional Facility had been without heat for several years. There have been numerous reports of the unbearable heat that comes in the summer yet incarcerated individuals have to rely on windows and tray vents to get appropriate air circulation or risk being harmed by the suffocating temperatures.

Alabama is currently facing a federal lawsuit from the DOJ accusing the state of violating the Constitution and enacting cruel and unusual punishment against incarcerated people.

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