(The Rocky Mount Telegram) Administrators at a North Carolina prison are monitoring a hunger strike by inmates demanding better medical care and living conditions.
Some inmates at Central Prison in Raleigh began skipping meals July 16 after issuing a list of demands that included access to law books, toilet brushes and supplies for cleaning cell walls and windows. They also want to be allowed to shower without wearing restraints.
Prison spokeswoman Pam Walker said Friday morning the number refusing meals had fallen to seven. After lunch, she said only one of the original hunger strikers was still refusing to eat, though the number has fluctuated as inmates either join or drop out of the protest.
The names of the inmates participating have not been released.
Walker said all those involved are being held on “control status” due to past disciplinary infractions. Commonly referred to as solitary confinement, inmates in control status spend 23 hours a day alone in their cells and then one hour alone in an outdoor recreation cage.
Walker said rumors the strike is spreading to other prisons around the state are not true.
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