Hot Jail

Officials will try to resolve hot-jail problem

A federal judge has given inmates and county officials in the southwest Ohio city of Xenia a week to resolve complaints of an overheated jail. An inspection shows that temperatures at the Greene County jail routinely exceed 100 degrees.

The report says that even the deputies' uniforms stick to them. An attorney for the inmates says the heat violates a 1989 court order to improve conditions.

Lawrence Greger filed a motion asking why county officials weren't held in contempt of court for violating rules on conditions. During a hearing today before US District Judge Walter Rice of Dayton, both sides agreed to meet over the next week to try to resolve the matter.

Greger said dehumidifiers and more fans at the jail might be a temporary solution.