MDOC Says Complying With Death Row Court Order Would Risk Security

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In a report to U.S. Magistrate Jerry Davis, MDOC said in an affidavit Monday that improvements such as providing ice water and fans to inmates on Unit 32, which includes death row, would be costly and cause unnecessary security risks.

Davis ordered improvements in several areas at the unit after agreeing with the American Civil Liberties Union that existing conditions faced by death row inmates amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.

Davis' May ruling came in a lawsuit filed on behalf of inmates at the Parchman prison who say they are daily subjected to excessive heat, human excrement, biting insects and the ranting of psychotic prisoners.

The ACLU has 12 days to respond MDOC's filing.