- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

DRAPER, Utah (AP) - Officials say most of the 42 inmates participating in a hunger strike at the Utah State Prison have started eating.

Utah Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Adams says only 11 inmates housed in a maximum security area still refused to eat Wednesday. The rest ate breakfast Wednesday.

The Corrections Department says the inmates, who are all documented gang members, began their strike Friday in protest of housing conditions and the placement of gang leaders within the prison.

Prison officials on Tuesday began revoking some of the striking inmates’ privileges, including television access and how much they can spend at the commissary.

Adams says several inmates were moved to a higher security unit after they covered cell door windows, broke sprinklers in their cells and refused to be handcuffed when meeting with prison officials.


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