Can a Hunger Strike Force Changes in State Prisons?

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After months in the planning stage, 30,000 inmates in California prisons began refusing food on Monday in what they hope will come to be recognized by corrections department officials as another full-fledged hunger strike. One of the organizers of this week's action is Todd Ashker, who's recorded voice is on the website of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity group.  Asker lives in a Security Housing Unit at Pelican Bay up near the Oregon border – a windowless cells where he spends 22 and a half hours alone every day.  He's been there for 27 years.

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Guests:
Paige St. John - investigative reporter for The LA Times, and host of “Man in the Window” - @paigestjohn, Curley Bonds - UCLA School of Medicine - @UCLAHealth, Michael Rushford - Criminal Justice Legal Foundation - @CJLFsacramento, Thenjiwe McHarris - Amnesty International - @ThenjiweTM

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Christian Bordal, Kerry Cavanaugh