UINTA, Utah (AP) - Dozens of Utah State Prison inmates are on a hunger strike in the hopes of getting imprisoned gang leaders released.
Utah Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Adams says 42 inmates housed in a maximum security area in the Uinta facility have been refusing to eat since breakfast Friday.
Adams says the inmates, who are all documented gang members, have a list of demands that includes letting out gang leaders in a different maximum-security unit.
According to Adams, corrections officials are offering inmates medical evaluations while they refrain from eating.
Officials are also monitoring food left in each participating inmate’s cell to see if any of it is consumed.
Adams says the inmates will be offered regularly scheduled meals.
She says the prison is working to ensure routine operations aren’t disrupted.
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