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Air conditioning lacking in N.C. prisons, despite funding

"Prison Bars" by mikecogh is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Last fall, the North Carolina General Assembly approved $30 million to address a lack of air conditioning in the state’s prison system. But with summer approaching, none of the actual construction has begun. WRAL-TV reports that although most prisons have at least some air conditioning, about 15,400 beds are in unairconditioned rooms. That's according to a breakdown provided by the state. Prison officials in Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration hope to have the first three projects complete around the start of next year. At the North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women in Raleigh _ the system’s largest facility for women _ three-quarters of the beds don’t have air conditioning.