- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Prison officials say several Utah State Prison inmates who are on a hunger strike protesting housing conditions and the placement of gang leaders haven’t gone completely without food.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1IEl16g ) that 42 inmates have been participating in the hunger strike that began Friday. A statement from prison spokeswoman Brooke Adams says one inmate in the group has accepted breakfast trays and several others have received juice packets. Prison staff has also reported several inmates eating commissary food in their cells.

Medical staff tried to conduct exams Monday, but all of the striking inmates refused to be weighed. Two inmates with known medical conditions are being monitored closely.

The ACLU of Utah says it has received letters from inmates reporting “squalid living conditions” and prolonged confinement.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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