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Engineered Cold Cell 1613 in the Sheriff Cannon Detention Center, Charleston, South Carolina


13 Cold Cell Deaths


Intensive Management Cold Cells

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FBI use of Cold Cell

CIA use of Cold Cell

Border Agents use of Cold Cell

Navy Brig's use of Cold Cell

Whole Cell Block and Accidental Cold Cells

Entire Cell Block and Accidental Cold Cells

Other than engineered cold cells, there are "entire cell block" cold cells and "accidental" cold cells. With the former an entire cell block is super chilled to frigid and deadly temperatures. This is done on purpose; an example is last year's Pelican Bay Prison hunger strike retaliation.

Also, the infamous and deadly Miami/Dade 9th floor psychiatric wing is super chilled to deadly temperatures that killed inmates.

Accidental Cold Cells

Accidental cold cells are holding cells in courthouses where inmates are left overnight by mistake or accident,

Take for example the 2009 story of Elisha McCoy1, who was left overnight in a cold cell at the San Francisco courthouse. In the morning they took him to the hospital where he was treated for hypothermia and offered $1,000 if he would sign a form saying he won't sue his captors.

In 2014, inmate Larry Moulton2 was left overnight in a courthouse holding cell after the heat was turned off for the night.


See article in the Monterey County Herald published December 20, 2009, detailing McCoy's hypothermia, (local link:

See CBS News article titled, "Florida bailiff fired after leaving inmate locked in courthouse," published December 12, 2014, see (external link:

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