- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A reputed gang leader who helped lead a series of hunger strikes has agreed to delay his parole hearing for five years.

Parole board spokesman Luis Patino says 57-year-old Ronnie Dewberry agreed to the delay Wednesday as his parole hearing was set to begin.

Corrections officials say Dewberry is the “minister of education” for a gang known as the Black Guerrilla Family.

He and other reputed gang leaders are suing California over conditions in the state’s notorious Security Housing Units. The austere facilities are designed to keep dangerous or misbehaving inmates isolated from other prisoners.

Conditions there prompted thousands of prisoners to launch hunger strikes in recent years, leading to some changes.

Dewberry is serving a life sentence at California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi for a 1980 Alameda County murder.

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