Texas Inmates Stuck With Clogged Toilets, Freezing Cells, Advocates Say: ‘So Cold That Their Bodies Are Numb’

As a winter storm sent Texas spiraling into crisis with widespread power outages, a lack of clean, running water has forced freezing inmates to live alongside stagnant urine and feces-filled toilets that can’t be flushed, according to accounts from advocates and inmates.

“It’s horrendous,” 32-year-old Arthur White, who is being held in the Harris County Jail. The freezing air in the jail is “reeking,” another man in the jail, A.D. Wooten, said.