Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. A majority of state correctional institutions still lack air-conditioning in housing areas. Only 18 of Florida’s 50 largest facilities have access to the cool air needed to lower body temperatures during periods of extreme heat. On hot days, the temperature inside prison cells can reach higher than 112 degrees Fahrenheit. When humidity is added, the heat index can exceed well above that threshold. “This is deeply appalling,” says Greg Newburn, director of Florida state policy at the FAMM Foundation. “We treat thousands of people in a way we wouldn’t treat animals.” Earlier today, criminal justice advocates took a simulated prison cell to the University of Miami’s campus to raise awareness about the lack of air conditioning and ventilation in Florida’s state prisons. The event, dubbed Beat the Heat, challenged students to sit in a closed room for three minutes to truly understand the excruciating heat 50,000 prisoners face every day in the Sunshine State. You have successfully signed up for your ...