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Forty-Two Inmates In Maximum Security Prison Hold Hunger Strike Demanding Release of Gang Leaders

August 2, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Forty-Two Inmates In Maximum Security Prison Hold Hunger Strike Demanding Release of Gang Leaders

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DRAPER, Utah – Forty-two inmates in a maximum security unit at the Utah State Prison refused breakfast Friday morning as part of hunger strike, and the inmates have provided a list of demands that includes the release of gang leaders.

According to a press release from the Utah Department of Corrections, the inmates are all housed in the Uinta Facility at the Utah State Prison.

The 42 inmates notified staff they were beginning a hunger strike. All of the inmates involved are housed in maximum security and are “documented gang members”, according to the press release.

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The inmates have given the Department of Corrections a list of demands that, “includes release of gang leaders now housed in a different maximum-security unit.” FOX 13 News requested additional information about the list of demands, but Brooke Adams, Public Information Officer for the Utah Department of Corrections, said they were not releasing the list or further details about the demands at this time.

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The release states officials are offering each inmate participating in the hunger strike the opportunity to be evaluated by medical personnel for baseline weight and other vital statistics so that their health can be monitored during the strike. The release states medical checks will be made again on Monday.

DOC personnel have also inventoried food items in each inmate’s cell to document potential nutritional intake, and the prison will continue to offer the inmates regularly scheduled meals while working to ensure routine operations at the facility are not interrupted by the hunger strike.

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