Paul Braud writes on July 20 that he feels all “cons” should suffer in Louisiana heat with no air-conditioning.
On one level, I agree bad guys should suffer — especially violent offenders.
But when heat is 100-plus degrees outside, and the prisoners are all packed together it does seem to go beyond punishment for most crimes and become cruel and unusual punishment.
Also, the prison guards are suffering in the same heat, and they are not criminals.
The heat may make the guards meaner than they need to be.
Perhaps part of the prison, that which houses those picked up for “victimless crimes,” such as smoking pot, could be cooled down a bit?
But even that doesn’t consider the poor guards.
People get arrested for leaving a dog or a child in a car in this heat. Packing hundreds of people in an uncooled, unshaded building is just as reprehensible.
We are not supposed to be a nation that sanctions torture.