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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) A federal judge has approved the state's plan to cool down death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1h06Hhu ) Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson issued the order Friday. Jackson had toured the Angola prison last summer and ruled in December that heat indexes recorded on death row amount to cruel and unusual punishment. The state is appealing that Dec. 19 ruling.

Jackson also ordered the immediate implementation of the plan, which includes installing air conditioning.

Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections spokeswoman Pam Laborde says the agency will ask a federal appeals court to put Jackson's order on hold while it is appealed.

In February, the state proposed adding air conditioning, providing chests filled with ice and allowing inmates once-daily cold showers.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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