Inmate says conditions ‘inhumane,’ CIF disputes claim

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Pendleton - Conditions in a housing unit at the Correctional Industrial Facility have been called “inhumane” by a concerned inmate, after drastic steps were taken by prison officials to curb a major contraband issue.

In a letter sent to the Times-Post by Anthony Parker, the inmate claimed that temperatures had spiked past 90 degrees over the past few weeks in several cells because of changes made by prison officials.

“The staff at this facility ordered the maintenance (sic) crews that work within this facility to screw the windows in certain parts of ‘D’ housing unit shut,” Parker said. “This situation poses many health risks and room temps this past weekend spiked to 95 degrees.”

Parker said the only ventilation for the rooms is through the windows and that dogs from a prison program are also housed in the unit.

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