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California Prison Hunger Strike: 12,000 Inmates Refusing To Eat In Protest of Prison Conditions

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Inmates at Chino State Prison exercise in the yard in Chino, California. More than 144,000 inmates are currently incarcerated in prisons that were designed to hold about 80,000. (File Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Advocates for California prison inmates conducting a hunger strike said the number of participants has swelled to 12,000, making it possibly the largest prison strike in recent U.S. history.

The inmates are eight days into a renewed hunger strike after they suspended a previous strike in July.

They began the most recent strike to call attention to conditions, including lengthy stints in solitary confinement.

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