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California prison officials say 30,000 inmates refuse meals, seeking to put an end to indefinite solitary confinement policies

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– The protest, announced for months, is organized by a small group of inmates held in segregation at Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border. Their list of demands, reiterated Monday, center on state policies that allow inmates to be held in isolation indefinitely, in some cases for decades, for ties to prison gangs.

– The corrections department will not acknowledge a hunger strike until inmates have missed nine consecutive meals. Even so, Thornton said, Monday’s numbers are far larger than those California saw two years earlier during a series of hunger strikes that drew international attention.

What are your thoughts…. Governer Jerry Brown??

 

 

For article click below:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/political/la-me-pc-ff-california-prison-officials-acknowledge-hunger-strike-20130708,0,3234974.story?track=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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