Cool(ing) news: Tent City inmates to receive ice, sunscreen for heat

PHOENIX - With Arizona’s summer heat in full swing, inmates in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Tent City are receiving some cool news.

Officials set their relief plan into action Wednesday morning to help prevent inmates suffering from heat exhaustion.

The sheriff’s staff will be passing out water and ice, sunscreen and ice cooled towels for inmates, all this in an attempt to bring down an inmate’s body temperature.

Fans however are not allowed in the compound because of past incidents where inmates damaged them.

Temperatures in Tent City reached 130 degrees today, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. In the past, officials said the temperature has reached 141 degrees inside the tents.

Almost 1,000 men and women spend 24 hours in Tent City to serve out different crimes like shoplifting and manslaughter.

Officials said the number of inmates suffering from heat related illnesses are “miniscule."

Tent City first opened in 1993. 

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