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USA: California urged to reform ‘inhumane’ prison units ahead of hunger strike

Headline Title:  USA: California urged to reform ‘inhumane’ prison units 05 July 2013 A planned hunger strike by prisoners in California’s solitary confinement units highlights the urgent need for major reform, Amnesty International said today.Over a thousand prisoners continue to be held in indefinite isolation, confined for 22-24 hours per day in small, often windowless cells, and deprived of meaningful human contact.  Hundreds have been held in these ‘Security Housing Units’ for more than ten years. The hunger strike is due to start on Monday 8 July, in protest against the…

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