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California prison hunger strike continues against long-term isolation

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A woman in prison garb leads protesters in chants of solidarity with prisoners on a hunger strike outside a state government building in Downtown Los Angeles in July 2011. Grant Slater/KPCC

The California inmate hunger strikes continues to make noise. Yesterday, corrections officials confirmed that more than 12,000 inmates have refused meals since Monday.

The prisoners are protesting long-term isolation in special security units, which house many inmates who have been held for decades because of alleged ties to gangs. Leaders of the protest demand strict limits on the amount of time prisoners are held in isolation, while corrections officials say they're already working to move some of those prisoners out to the mainline.

Reporter Michael Montgomery has an update.

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