Prison Heat: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Objavljeno 13. jun. 2021
John Oliver explains how the failure to air-condition prisons can cause both physical and mental health issues for incarcerated people, and why the solution is simpler than you might think.

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  • yeah i agree lance lowry, they don't deserve nice plush accomodations, but they do deserve humane treatment. IMO criminals have given up the right for nice things, but some "nice things" like AC are not really a luxury is alot of states, they deserve nutritional food, not neccesarily tasty food, stuff like that. also mental health is a big issue in the U.S. because the places to go to prevent things are not properly funded, so they commit crimes and don't get proper treatment, the prison system is just mad fucked

  • I am a 43-year-old mother of two grown children. who was arrested at the age of 40 years old for a speeding ticket that had not been fully paid. while.doing an inventory check of the car that I was in, which was not my car, they found what they claim to be drugs in between the passenger seat and the center console. not knowing my rights, as I had never been arrested, I accepted a plea offer which was for deferred probation. this was when my life became hell. I will not go into details, as they are irrelevant, but after eight and a half months on probation I failed One Drug test. I was then revoked and told I was going to be sent to prison for 9 months as well as receive a felony. I was uprooted from my children and sent to a Down South Texas prison. I can tell you that the majority of women in this prison, at least the area I was in, were there for a dwi. or a hot check or possession of a drug which in other states is not even a crime. Send it on July the 1st of 2019 and I was sent down south to the prison July 17th of 2019. When you first arrive at a Texas prison, you are kept in what is known as the dog pound for 30 days. This is as they call it to allow you to acclimate to the weather conditions. You are placed in a holding type cell with roughly 8 to 10 other women and they gradually introduce you to the heat. After 30 days you removed into housing. And once you're in housing that is when the real fun begins. There is not only no air conditioning, there is no air movement. There is a giant fan within each pod as they are called, which houses roughly 100 women, and one fan alone. You cannot buy fans off of commissary. You cannot do anything except library and hope and pray that you only pass out from heat exhausting once or twice that day. the lack of air flowing through the buildings, is also a lack of heat flowing through the buildings. when it got cold we were giving an extra blanket. it is bone-chillingly cold. I am a numbers and statistics person, kind of a nerd, and I also found it mind boggling that the prisons are ran by the inmates. meaning you have a kitchen staff, and a grounds staff, a trash staff, a maintenance staff, a laundry staff etc. each of these staffs are strictly inmates. the inmates have guards or cos who supervise them. if you do not go to work, you will be placed in solitary confinement. you are not paid for this work. at all. if you were to pay $5 an hour, which I know is under minimum wage, but also around number correct.. anyway $5 per hour for the jobs that every single inmate has to do or they will end up in solitary confinement. at the facility that I was at alone, to run the kitchen the laundry the trash the maintenance the paperwork filing the help with butchering the animals that are eating there, it came up to roughly $4 million dollars a year. this is at one facility. one Texas prison where the inmates literally run the entire facility with some supervision from guards. and not to mention the way the guards treat people. I wish that this was something that John Oliver could also look into.

  • “Do you have a tattoo of peppa pig on your lower back?” “No.” “Are you sure of that?” “Yes.” “Have you seen your lower back recently?” “No.” “Then how do you know you don’t have a tattoo of peppa pig on there?” “Idk.”

  • NO F*** You John Oliver. Tell the family of the 12 year old little girl that was raped and murdered that you're angry her killer is uncomfortable in prison.

    • Ah, yes, because prisons solely contain child rapists and murderers, and the victim's families opinions is what we should base a justice system on. It's bad enough you're opposed to individual's rights, and think the state should have the right to torture and murder people.

  • Disgusting. If I was rich I’d straight up offer to pay for their AC to be installed and pay for a new employee to up keep it

  • wow John Oliver simping for criminals, what a surprise.

    • Wow, a nazi with no regard for human rights, or the freedom from the state subjecting you to torture and murder.

  • You Yanks are the only people who can pretty much sell your penitenciary system to the private sector and complain it tortures and kills inmates and there is a mass encarceration issue in the country. Like if everytime that a private company has the opportunite to profit from anything living or humans with a limited amount of rights, it has gone well right? Private hospitals, psychiatric facilities, farms, slaughter houses... no issues there whatsoever right? Why should it be different for penintenciaries? No comparing animals to humans here, don't take my point the wrong way. Obviously in jail pigs have more rights than you do xDDDD

    • The issue is it's not even a private prison issue. Abuses like this happen in state run facilities too.

  • John, the fuck you doing not giving metric conversion for the prisoners body temp... like I know you live in the USA now but cuz, you know the rest of the world don't speak no standard unit of nope.

  • Do an episode, on the stupid stuff the PPC Party of canada are saying

  • I can’t believe their are people out there who always come watch the video just to leave a dislike and a negative comment. 😂

  • Not having AC is also a problem is most schools. The kids are going back earlier every year, in early August in most places, and the schools are not prepared.

    • I'm not sure I've ever been in a school that didn't have AC, and I'm Canadian.

  • Said idk the heart attack could have been some bad chilli sounds like a distinctly Texas thing to say.

  • The more he said “I do not know” in that clip the more it pissed me off. You can’t just claim ignorance just to say you are innocent. I do wonder if they asked him “will anyone incarcerated be someone’s child” would he say “I do not know” 🤔

  • They are criminals honestly who should care! If they had been law abiding citizens they wouldn't have to deal with the punishment

    • because if you think rights only apply to people you like, you don't believe in rights, you believe in the privileges of an upper class. That is, you support the concept of functional nobility. That is, you're a fascist.

  • Why is this Video in the Ludwig Clips playlist

  • The "I do not know", wouldn't be any good. the "No comment" defence isn't worth a damn anymore as a "No comment" defence is an admission

  • That's the thing, John - the cruelty is the point. Since they can't legally kill the prisoners, they'll just find other ways to mistreat them, and if they die from those mistreatment? Oh well, not their fault!

  • Good god!! TX already has a consistent heat index over 105° due to humidity. It's my first summer here & it gets almost miserably hot. This is definitely not okay even if there are a few really horrible people in prison. Most are serving sentences for minor crimes & marijuana. Causing heat stroke & not caring is some psychopathic shit! There are more psychopaths outside of prison who make the decision to torture all of these people because they couldn't care less. That in and of itself is awful! I love TX but no! Just.. No! Yet 75% of California lives in Austin now. CA & TX are like Obama vs Trump! How everyone here can coexist is truly astounding!

  • In New York, the elected official are required to be weird. In Illinois, they are required to be crooked. If they aren't even a little bent, it just doesn't happen here.

  • America.. Home of the free... Well, it was until the prisons for profit took over & spawned an industry of mass, prolonged incarceration.! 😜

  • Texas - We are Pro Life .... Also Texas -

  • I've said this before but one minor solution is to have water pipes running above the cells so as to drag away some of the heat, by no means perfect but better than nothing at all

  • 7:28 to 8:02 these measures are actually similar to those adopted by the Military for treating heat exhaustion, i have been on both treating and receiving the care and it is effective, rehydrating, applying cool/cold wet towels to the mentioned areas, and having water splashed/wiped/sprayed/ or applied to areas such as the face, neck, arms, and other areas and avoiding caffinated drinks are all there.

    • @seigeengine yes you are completely correct in everything said, caffeine is avoided do to increasing dehydration, we in the military use these steps mainly to to less flexibility but however if it does get bad enough we can MEDEVAC them out, and WE SHOULDNT TORTURE PRISONERS

    • The optimal step to treat heat exhaustion is to move them into a cooler, and likely drier environment. Heat exhaustion is often accompanied by dehydration, but they are separate conditions. Applying cool towels to the person may help, but it is not a substitute for a better environment. Splashing water on them will do nothing if the humidity is high. Caffeinated drinks are, I'm guessing, avoided because they increase dehydration, which is a separate issue. I'd wager those steps are taken in the military due to lack of flexibility over the environment, not because those are the ideal steps with appropriate resources. The supremely optimal step is to not torture prisoners, but if you ask me, anyone involved in doing so deserves execution.

  • "First, F* you, they're Human beings" That got a like immediately.

  • Here's a helpful tip: don't go to prison.

    • Here's a helpful tip: IF you support the torture of prisoners THEN die.

  • Wait 150°? How can people life like that. I only heard that in some areas in the world are 60° like in Qatar but how do you manage to get 150°?

    • Celsius and Fahrenheit are two different temperature degree scales.

  • John, I love ya, and I agree with ya, but I need to point out that the measures in that video for heat exhaustion is just what you're supposed to do when someone is experiencing heat exhaustion.That was literally just training for dealing with heat exhaustion. I had the same video played for me for my first aid class and for my warehouse job. Not saying that it cuts it, just pointing out that there isn't really anything wrong with that video.

    • The primary thing you should do for someone with heat exhaustion is get them out of the heat. That's the thing wrong with that video. You do not keep the sick person in the environment that made them sick.

  • The “could be bad chili” defense is used a lot here in Texas.

  • I don't really buy the part that John said about elderly inmates having problems with heat. I work at a retirement home and if there's one thing I've learned from there over the course of this summer, it's that elderly people love the heat even when it's absolutely stifling to the rest of us.

    • Weird how elderly people are the ones who most commonly die from heat then, huh?

  • "I do not know"

  • wait so if i get this right, this guy died cooked to death for cashing a bad check? really? wtf? 11 months for cashing a bad check is already fucking cruel and unusual but then you're going to tell me he was essentially fucking cooked to death for it? what in the actual fuck is this north korea level of punishement system? seriously. to say america's got a problem is to severly understate it. America is fucked.

  • _"If the United States saw what the United States is doing in the United States, the United States would invade the United States to liberate the United States from the tyranny of the United States."_ - Mohamad Safa.

  • "We don't want to" congrats, you just admitted to a crime. Literally no reason the feds shouldn't lock him up in one of those prisons.

  • This comment section is as close to twitter as you get on youtube

  • I don't have central air I was told it would be about $8000 to equip my home with it a few years back I passed. Granted my state is not hot enough for it to be a life-or-death situation however prisoners with air conditioning just seems wrong

    • If you think not subjecting prisoners to torture is wrong, perhaps you should contemplate whether your life has value.

  • Prisons shouldn’t exist

  • Oh wow that Texas Warden has textbook Malignant Narcissism.

  • "Scrumptious ass meat" -John Oliver

  • Does John Oliver actually believe prisons shouldn’t exist?

  • Why the fuck was this on ludwig clips playlist

  • I’m from Texas and now I’m more than a little uncomfortable

  • Homeless shelters in NY have no AC either.

    • They should, but fortunately, NY isn't Texas.

  • The way things are painted versus the reality of the situation are far too often completely different we still live in the jungle it just looks different the law of such still applies

  • do the world water crisis

  • Pigs are not felons. I worked in three prisons and they all had ac. They broke down alot and once on the overnight shift, I had several inmates keep their doors open all night to get air circulating in them. I told them if they come out of the cell I would shoot them....shoot them a bad look.

  • USA are a disgrace to the World!

  • All thanks to God and Dr Oziengbe on SLflow I was able to get rid of my Heart disease with the herbal medicine I order from Dr Oziengbe,.

  • PLEASE!!!!!!! Do a segment on the current Australian Governments appalling vaccine rollout blunder and their absolute incapability to govern our nation. We are currently LAST in the OECD and LAST in all developed countries when it comes to the % of population vaccinated, over 65% of our population is currently in strict lockdowns and this is 100% because our Prime Minister (Scotty from marketing) failed to obtain the necessary vaccines. His government was offered 40 million doses of Pfizer in February and they said "Nah she'll be right mate"... Leaving us with AstraZeneca as the only vaccine available, then when news and reports started coming in about the rare, but serious, TTS Blood Clotting Syndrome, they ran a scare advertising campaign to advise Australians (of all ages) to get vaccinated (with AZ) even though the ATAGI and TGA advice was strongly opposed to anyone under the age of 60 receiving AZ... You ran a segment a few years ago "Other Countries Presidents of the United States" where you featured previous Prime Minister and Scroot Morrisons predecessor, Tony Abbot. You actually featured my song "F*ck You Abbott" in that segment (highlight of my life)... Please once again, shed some light on the ridiculous absurdity of the current Australian Government. Your faithful follower Ryan James

  • Thank you, Mr. Oliver. I spent about a year in a Kansas prison without A/C. Their solution to heat was more, bigger, and louder industrial fans. And don't forget the "sqwincher." We organized the men in the minimum security prison to have loved ones call their elected representatives to install A/C and the response was that it's been in prison budgets for years yet nobody's bothered to allocate money for actually following through. Prison wardens are not hired for their intelligence. Staff promotions were often seemingly based on how little humanity one may have and wardens get hired from within. Sheer, gross ambition may be the chief qualifier. The warden we had went so far as getting a pilot license to he could fly lawmakers over his kingdom. There's no oversight. Politicians don't get reelected by being rational or humane. So prisoners will cook. Pray we start working together.

    • @Jeff …I don’t think I understand your meaning.

    • @PokeMageTech Whether you believe something is or isn't true, you're always right.

    • I agree with you, except for one thing: praying. From a practical perspective, it does nothing. Psychologically, sure, it may help the one doing it, but it accomplishes nothing else. Don’t pray that we’ll work together. Start reaching out and trying to do so.

  • Bill Of Rights- Amendment 8 Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. I’m willing to bet you might have known about the cruel and unusual punishment, but I was surprised that this was only half of it. Being given excessive bail and excessive fines is a major contributor towards poor people especially, who then end up being put through cruel and unusual punishment circumstances like this. SMH

  • The Quiznos bit got me :'D

  • 65 degrees!! Shit I could make a nice crème anglaise or poach a salmon in that heat.

  • I wonder if anyone who runs prisons have ever spent a night in one? seems to me too much separation from what they're doing causes a lot more harm than intended.

  • You just know(!) that the response to the topic by many people will be, "why should convicts get air-condition, if I can't afford it? They are criminals and scum." I've been on this planet for more than forty years now, and I'm still surprised at the callousness and lack of respect so many people have for other humans. That the mere fact that they committed a crime and were sent to prison for it, is enough to make their lives completely worthless to many.

  • Would you murder a puppy with another cuter puppy? "I do not know". I think we've heard enough

  • That poor man wrote a bad check and was technically executed.

  • It's almost like prison was designed to suck🤔

    • Isn't it weird how fascists always have horrific prisons? The penalty of prison is that you have to be in prison. It's the taking away of your freedom to go about and do as you please. Subjecting prisoners to torture is inexcusable. All those responsible are fascists, and if you ask me, fascist's existence is a fundamental threat to free society.

    • Nope you're describing revenge not justice

  • And to think that the US is the country, that most of all countries, is running around, telling everyone how great they are and that everyone should do things the "American way". Until I was in my early twenties I would have given everything to live in the US. How do you pull off that kind of propaganda? This treatment of people is incomprehensible to me. Things are far from perfect here. But these conditions would not be accepted. I often think our prison system is too lax. But this is torture. Which the US is completely fine with, given your piece on torture a few years back.

  • John if you are going to quote the cost on installing air conditioning in prisons then you should also quote the running costs of the A/C . You are only telling half the story.

    • The cost of torturing human beings, for anyone in power, should be death.

  • In my experience buildings can be designed in a way to make keeping out the heat easier in the first place, I'm sure nobody designs these buildings to be lived in comfortably.

  • The intro had me due to auto play. “Oh, f**k. Now the popsicle industry John? What did they do to deserve this show’s atten- oh. Good.” *buys a box of popsicles*

  • Defendent: answers 'I don't know' to everything, including whether or not a competent supervisor - which they claim they are - should know the answers Question: Why are you in charge and explain to me why should you still be in charge after this deposition is over?

    • Are his statements not a confession of negligence?

    • watchgirls18. com “A society should be judged not by how it treats its outstanding citizens but by how it treats its criminals.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • Here from ludwin clips

  • What about a passive thermal insulator and fans, rather than A/C?

    • Obviously buildings should be insulated and fans can help... but fans only help below a certain temperature/humidity, and they are not a replacement for proper AC. Prisoners should not be subjected to torture. The USA should not have such things in common with fascist states.

  • What about pre air conditioning? I've been living in the south with out power tell 2018 and yes it got 🥵...

    • And that sucks, but you also aren't locked in a prison by the state.

  • In a country where we are ok with spending 100 million dollars + for prisons but not a penny for education.lol

    • @Dr. Mario So, you must be American then, given your struggles with literacy.

    • @seigeengine Sure USA looks really educated and informed.

    • The USA spends plenty on education. A lack of funding isn't the real root of America's education woes.

  • The royal lobster society against John Oliver. The queen is in on it.

  • No cruel or unusual punishment my ass.

  • "Can you name one instance where you performed your duties as a warden effectively?" "I do not know."

    • 'i generated record profits per quarter for six straight quarters'

  • I feel like that lobster joke was from an earlier draft they forgot to replace. It wasn't really funny and John delivered it with no conviction, like he didn't believe in it. Probably because boiling lobsters alive is unnecessary and horrendously inhumane.

  • Yet everyone in America wants to save North koreans, Uyghurs, Iranians, Venezuelans, from their dictatorships and prison camps... wake tf up America and look in the mirror.

    • Ikr. And while I agree that the camps in China, North Korea, Chechnya and many other places are really bad, if the UN is expressing concerns about the Conditions of US prisons, that should be a pretty clear indication that something is in need of change

  • 65 degrees?!?! I'm about ready to cry when it gets up to 26 in my house and the AC doesn't cool it down fast enough.

    • ​@News Now Jarvis Before air conditioning, people generally built their houses to keep them as comfortable as possible. You ever noticed how buildings in hot climates tend to be made of thick solid Earth materials, for instance? That's not even discussing passive cooling architecture that has been around for thousands of years. Sure, people still suffered, but... there wasn't an alternative. Now there is, and it's standard. That means not having it in prisons is a deliberate choice. That means that those who run prisons are choosing to subject prisoners to unsafe miserable conditions. Once again, sounds like something a fascist state would do, not a free society.

    • @Andrea I understand your point. Like I said I have it too. I just think that this is an over reaction. And at a fundamental level who's building prisons with out air-conditioning? It's part of the plan for the beginning really to not give a fuck.

    • @News Now Jarvis So what you're saying is, you missed the entire point of the video. Toilet paper was hardly used in America until the 1900s, clearly what people consider a basic standard of living has changed. In 2021, not being cooked alive in a prison, is what some would consider, a basic standard of living. It doesn't matter that prisoners weren't given AC before. Because guess what? It was as terrible then as it is now, just because prisons were getting away with it previously, doesn't mean they should continue to do so. Just like, even though, prior to 1900 people in North America seemed to get by without toilet paper, I will continue to use it, BECAUSE WE KNOW BETTER NOW. You absolute knob.

    • @Andrea I didn't have electricity tell 2018 and that came with air-conditioning system. But no jail had air or any where else for that matter 75 year's ago. It's a reality that texas is hot

    • @News Now Jarvis not sure what the point of this comment was? I was exaggerating to point out how absolutely ridiculous it is to expect prisoners to live in 65 degree heat. Not sure how the fact that "ppl lived before air conditioning" is relevant.

  • And if you look at this from strictly an economic standpoint, it would be cheaper long term to to air condition prisons than to pay for all the costs incurred from treating these prisoners heat related illness and death!

    • watchgirls18. com "Don't do the crime, if you can't do the time" is total crap. The majority of prison inmates are there because of plea deals. I'm not saying that they're all innocent but the majority of them were represented by legal aid lawyers with out of control case loads. Innocent people take plea deals every single day. But regardless of innocence or guilt, NO ONE deserves to be treated with less humanity than a pig being raised for slaughter.

  • A friend of mine in federal prison got put in solitary for helping another inmate who had collapsed from the heat.

  • That instructional video at 7:20 contains the same instructions as my first aid book from 1919.

  • I swear the biggest mistake I made was moving from California to Texas. I narrowly escaped prison and am currently halfway through 4 years of probation for ONE weed gummy. Lol

    • are you fucking serious or is this a joke

  • Bro I live w/o my job dont have it and neither has any of the cars I've owned,and I know ppl in there guess what fuckem enough of this bullshit so if they get it for free, shouldn't I too?

  • John Oliver's solution to everything is to just throw money at it....i am onto you!

  • Under 7 U.S.C. 2131-2159; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.7, Code of Federal Regulations it is unlawful to keep a dog in that kind of heat. Under section 3.2, Title 9, dogs and cats cannot be housed in a place where the temperature is above 85 degrees F for more than four consecutive hours. As far as the smug John Whitmire said about just not committing crimes to avoid the heat of Texas prisons goes, according to the Innocence Project as many as 3-6% of people in prison are innocent. That means that of Texas’ 154,479 prisoners, at least 4,600 are innocent. Mr. Whitmire, these people took your advice, they didn’t commit crimes and yet they are still baking in your prisons.

  • Maybe don't go to prison.

    • Maybe don't be a fascist.

    • modern day albert einstein discovered in youtube comments

    • You're a genius

  • Prisons as for profit organizations and expecting them to spend money on making inmates more comfortable are 2 things that will never happen until legislation is put in place to force them. And clearly lobbying and legal cases will be fought tooth and nail before that happens too.

  • I never knew that prisons did not have air???? like wtf.

  • "Fuck you" Me: 😧

  • Can you do a segment about the SSI Restoration Act of 2021 and all of the limitations of SSI/SSDI, such as not being able to have more than $2k in savings and DAC (Disabled Adult Children, people who go on SSDI before turning 22) losing their benefits if they get married?

  • That warden is UNQUALIFIED to run a frigging McDonald's nevermind a prison!

  • These incompetent things should be prosecuted, jailed and punished with extreme measures. If you have authority, your punishment should be extreme. Let's face it, we put these things there by either voting for horrible clowns or not voting. This system is a reflection of us.

  • I live in new jersey. In the summer we had to lay under our bunks on the cool concrete during the day. Cant image texas or Arizona

  • This is why prisons shouldn’t be privatized…

  • People are not sent to prison there to be punished. Their imprisonment is the punishment and they should have facilities in prison to live comfortably and be able to improve their lives when they are released. By which I mean education and training.

    • Exactly. The goal of correctional systems should be to help make people who had previously offended into a better contributor for society, rather than keeping them in a box long enough that they become a more serious offender to society. Thankfully, some countries have realized this and those countries have seen plummeting reoffending rates. Unfortunately the US has gone the other way and reoffending hasn’t gone down in years

  • The superficial plot apically wait because oven individually confuse save a jolly heart. sad, bent dugout

  • Imagine daily life of US prisoners: no income, no private property, minimum food and water so that private jail contractors can fill their pockets with the rest of government funds, live under constant risks of sickness and death, have to do forced labour at the whims of warden...and once they are out, without viable education and ample job opportunity, they would just be trapped in a loop of jail->unemployment -> crime ->jail. Seems like slaves in all but name.

  • Screw them. Most high schools don't have air conditioning and those are our children not felons.

  • Missed oportunity to ask the douch " Are you stupid?". "i do not know"

  • Great episode!

  • Sorry water bailing point is 100 degrees centigrade at 150 degrees centigrade every one will be cooked

  • They haven't realised sometimes you just have to do the thing you don't want to do. Spending millions on prisons isn't fun, but just buy the air conditioning and get over it.

  • gotta love how johnny oliver thinks he knows more about medicine than professionals who studied it. "water aint cuttin' it, trust me, bro"

    • @cho yup me too

    • Huh, I thought that in school, they taught us to back up our arguments.

  • You are a good man Mr Oliver. 🥰 Thank you x

  • I have a theory that prisons are the breeding grounds for racist armies that include both prisoners and prison guards, many of whom are training to become policemen, and that is a very large potential army for the KKK infiltration of mainstream culture. Is it worth a segment?

  • That warden at the end went all Sonny from I Robot Jesus Christ