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California Prison Hunger Strike Continues

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The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Friday that 7,667 prisoners were still participating in a statewide hunger strike.

Officials added that 1,196 refused to do their work assignments or attend classes.

Prisoner advocates say the strike is over conditions in solitary confinement. Many in isolation are accused of having gang ties.

Corrections department spokesperson Jeffrey Callison told the Los Angeles Times Friday that aside from work stoppages, no other disruptions were caused and the strike has remained peaceful.

The same day, Catholic Bishop Richard Garcia called on Governor Jerry Brown and the corrections department to address what he feels is an “egregious overuse of solitary confinement.”

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