Four Inmates At Pack Unit In Navasota Suing TDCJ

By: Jamie Burch, News Director Email
By: Jamie Burch, News Director Email

NAVASOTA - Four inmates at the Wallace Pack Unit in Navasota have filed a federal lawsuit against Warden Roberto Herrera, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Brad Livingston, the executive director of the TDCJ.

The inmates claim the TDCJ is exposing “sick, elderly and disabled prisoners to dangerously hot temperatures.”

One of the four inmates is 69-year-old Marvin Yates. He was convicted of DWI for a fourth time and sentenced to 30 years in prison. According to the lawsuit, Yates suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and hypertension.

“I don’t know if I will make it this summer,” said Yates. “The heat and humidity are so bad I have trouble breathing. The metal tables in the dorms are too hot to touch and feel like they can burn your skin.”

The dorms that house inmates at the Pack Unit are not air conditioned. The inmates claim temperatures routinely exceed 100 degrees.

Inmates are not seeking monetary damages. They’re asking a federal judge to require TDCJ to keep the inside temperature at 88-degrees or below.

The other inmates named as plaintiffs are 60-year-old Keith Milo Cole, who’s serving life for murder, 51-year-old David Alexander Bailey, serving 33 years for drug possession, and 26-year-old Nicolas Diaz, serving 30 years for heroin possession.

News 3 has reached out to the TDCJ for reaction to the lawsuit.

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