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prisonSACRAMENTO—

The number of inmates on a hunger strike continues to dwindle, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced Monday.

A total of 2,572 inmates state-wide continue to be on a hunger strike. That number is down from the 7,667 prisoners that were on the strike Friday.

Only 258 inmates reportedly refused to do their work assignments or attend classes, down from the 1,196 on Friday.

At the peak of the strike, 12,421 prisoners were reportedly refusing meals. Authorities consider an inmate to be on a hunger strike if they have missed nine consecutive meals.

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

No violence or unrest has been reported due to the strike.

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