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19 max-security prisoners stage hunger strike to protest alleged abuses, haven't eaten since December 1

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Dozens of inmates in a Nevada state prison have engaged in one of the lone forms of peaceful protest available to those behind bars: a hunger strike.

According to reports, 19 inmates at the Ely State Prison, a maximum-security facility located about four hours north of Las Vegas, have refused all food since December 1, claiming that they have suffered under disciplinary policies that have since become abusive. The inmates have been subjected to "de facto solitary confinement," excessive lockdowns, and concurrent disciplinary sanctions that impose unreasonable burdens, according to a so-called prisoners' rights group known as Return Strong.

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