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Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 10:01 pm | Updated: 12:38 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Arizona Department of Corrections has discontinued the use of outdoor holding cells following the death of an inmate in triple-digit heat.

Corrections spokesman Barrett Marson said in an e-mail Tuesday that the decision came "in consultation with the governor." He didn't elaborate.

The corrections department had announced last week that it was halting use of the cells while they were retrofitted to provide shade and water.

Inmate Marcia Powell died from heat-related complications hours after she collapsed May 19. She had been in an outdoor holding cell for nearly four hours, almost twice as long as the maximum allowed under prison rules.

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