Texas prisons push back against claims of freezing, unheated units

January 4, 2018
Houston Chronicle

"Lewis Conway Jr., who served time in a slew of different prisons across the state, said officers sometimes wielded control of the heater to make a point.

'If you weren't being compliant or obedient, that thing stayed off,' said the Austin man who now works with Grassroots Leadership. 'Every winter the only choice you have is a heater that blows on high regardless of the temperature so you're in a sweltering hell or if you're in a dorm where there's no central air or heating and it's just concrete and steel.'"