Case of inmate who died in overheated cell illustrates deadly risk facing prisons nationwide

  • by: JAKE PEARSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 17, 2014 - 3:15 PM

NEW YORK — The case of a mentally ill homeless veteran who died in a 100-degree Rikers Island jail cell starkly illustrates the dangers of extreme heat in lockups, an issue facing prisons across the nation as the inmate population gets older and more heavily medicated — and more at risk of overheating.

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