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California prison inmates end hunger strike

September 6, 2013

After two months, Californian prison inmates have ended their hunger strike. The strike began in July to protest conditions in state prisons, specifically the use of isolation cells, also known as SHUs for security housing units. The strike focused in particular on conditions at Pelican Bay State Prison in Del Norte County. Last month, a…

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Federal judge approves force-feeding of striking California inmates

August 19, 2013

A federal judge has approved a request by California state officials to force feed inmates if necessary as the statewide prison hunger strike continues on. Thousands of prisoners went on hunger strike more than 40 days ago to protest the conditions of solitary confinement and condemn what activists say is inhumane treatment in the prisons.…

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Rolling Stone on California prison hunger strike

August 13, 2013

The hunger strike in California’s state prisons has been going on now for more than a month in protest of conditions in the state’s solitary confinement facilities. Rolling Stone’s Ryan Devereaux takes a quick look today at the ongoing strike and the dispute over an inmate’s death at the California State Prison in Corcoran. It’s…

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Three strikes you’re out? Santa Cruz Co. man seeks release under revised state law

April 9, 2013

It’s been about 15 years since Kevin O’Connell was sent to prison for the rest of his life after being convicted by a jury of pawning a stolen pendant and later selling it to his former landlady. That 1998 felony conviction for receiving stolen property marked his third strike under California’s three strikes law, thus…

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