HOUMA, LA (AP) - As an arctic deep freeze takes over the Deep South, Terrebonne Parish inmates are getting extra blankets because of a broken heater.
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter told The Courier on Saturday (http://bit.ly/JCEfTb ) that temperatures in the jail were between 60 and 65 degrees. He says one of the jail's two heaters broke in late December.
A supervisor who would identify herself only as Lt. Chamberlain told The Associated Press that questions about conditions in the jail on Sunday would be answered by the warden on Monday.
Larpenter says the Terrebonne Parish Council is expected to approve about $59,000 on Monday for two new heaters, which will be installed as soon as possible.
He says "there's no inhumane treatment," and inmates all are getting extra blankets.
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