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30,000 Inmates Go On Hunger Strike In California

In a further attempt to reform California correction's solitary confinement policies, tens of thousands of prisoners have begun their second hunger-strike in just under two years.

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On Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported 30,000 inmates began refusing meals at two-thirds of California's 33 prisons and four out-of-state facilities, launching what could potentially be the largest hunger-strike in the state's history.

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Note: All pictures were taken previously at Pelican Bay State Prison during the August 2011 hunger-strikes.

According to the Los Angeles Times, there are currently at least 4,527 people serving indeterminate sentences of isolation in Secure Housing Units (SHU), including 1,180 inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison, where the protests were organized.


In response to the previous strike, corrections officials began reviewing the cases of 400 inmates currently serving in the SHU, of which approximately half have been released into the general prison population.

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