Wisconsin Inmates in Hunger Strike to Protest Solitary

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Prisoners at two Wisconsin facilities may be participating in the hunger strike that a few inmates at the Waupun Correctional Institution began in June, reports Milwaukee Public Radio.. They call it their “Dying to Live” campaign and say they are protesting the state’s abuse of solitary confinement. Says inmate Chance Zombor:  “Prisoners are being held in long-term solitary confinement, which we view as torture. We’ve gotten letters from prisoners saying that they have seen people lose it and just hurt themselves at Waupun correctional institution because the conditions there are just unbearable.”

 

Dodge County Circuit Court has authorized the force feeding of at least three prisoners taking part in the hunger strike. Zombor does not expect them to give up anytime soon. The Department of Corrections said it is reforming what it calls “restrictive housing.” Changes include limiting solitary to 90 days and providing mental health checks on those held. The state says that only 100 inmates out of 22,000 are being held in special confinement, and those are prisoners who repeatedly threaten others.

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