(WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) is making sure staff and inmates are safe during the summer months.
Right now 77 percent of inmates and CCAP probationers are housed in climate-controlled air conditioning units.
But there is still 23 percent that is without air conditioning. To help keep employees and inmates comfortable and safe these places will have additional fans installed and provide inmates with extra ice and water to keep them hydrated. Ice machines will be made available and water pouches will be frozen and handed out to inmates.
VADOC facilities built since 1990 have air conditioning units installed, but the older facilities were not designed for or constructed with A/C per the Virginia Administrative Code on prison construction in effect at the time.
In the past years, facilities not fitted with A/C used misting fans to help cool down the inmates and lower the temperature. Some housing units also have smoke exhaust fans that can be activated to move hot air out and create more airflow.
VADOC spent more than $2.16 million on heat-related purchases in which the bulk of the items were floor fans, ceiling fans, water, ice machines and bagged ice.
The department will monitor fund availability to address heat related renovations in additional facilities.