A group protested the conditions of the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh saying the facility lacks hot water and air conditioning.
The protest started in the late afternoon just outside the facility on Bragg Street.
“There’s no air conditioning in the dorms and the women are having a hard time back there. It’s inhumane and we’re protesting to get them some AC,” said protestor Maye Stephens-Mensah.
A spokesperson for the prison system said many parts of the prison are not air conditioned and do get warm when temperatures go up outside.
Fans are used to keep air moving and ice water is available for inmates, the spokesperson said.
An energy improvement project is underway at the prison which requires temporary hot water outages.
Provisions have been made for inmates to shower in other buildings while their hot water is out of service, authorities said.
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Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina. More>>
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