By Ray Downs
A hunger strike by several inmates at the Menard Correctional Center in Illinois is entering its third week today as they continue to protest against being held in the prison’s severe “administrative detention” unit, which has conditions similar to solitary confinement, for what they claim are unjustifiable reasons.
The protest originally started with fourteen inmates. But that number has decreased to eleven, according to Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Schaer, who says the prison has medical staff monitoring the striking inmates daily.
The inmates claim they have not been told why they are being held in Menard’s AD unit. They also claim to have not been told what they can do to get out of the unit and back into general population. According to writer and activist Staughton Lynd, who has been in contact with the inmates through letters and a third party, such…
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