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Monitors sent to prisons to keep watch over hunger strike

July 27, 2013 at 3:56 PM

SACRAMENTO, July 27 (UPI) -- State authorities in California have sent independent monitors into nine state prisons to assess a hunger strike by more than 630 inmates.

With the hunger strike soon to enter its third week, the monitors will investigate complaints by strike leaders -- including an allegation by strikers at Pelican Bay State Prison that they were being blasted with cold air to weaken their condition as they went without food, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

The hunger strike began on July 8 and with about 30,000 participants and was aimed at putting a five-year limit on how long inmates are held in isolation.

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