The Oklahoma State Penitentiary has been experiencing difficulties with air conditioning within the prison walls.
Specifically, the problems are occurring within the prison’s A- and C-Units. “Maintenance personnel are working to fix the problems,” said OSP Warden’s Assistant Terry Crenshaw. “Currently, the institution is in the process of having new air units installed for A and C Units.”
Crenshaw said that the installation project is a big one and is expected to take a significant amount of time to complete. “We do not have a completion date for the installation of the new air units,” Crenshaw said. “This has been an ongoing process and it has no quick fix. These structures are 20 and 30 years old and you can expect problems such as this.”
Administration at OSP is aware that the heat is quite difficult to deal with for both staff and inmates.
“The institution has measures in place to activate additional security, medical and mental health staffing to address the needs of staff and the offender population,” Crenshaw said. “Dealing with the heat is a concern for the staff and the offenders. Additional fans have been purchased and ice is being furnished tot he offender population.”
Crenshaw also said that temperature checks are being conducted regularly on all of the prison’s housing units.
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