Activists side with inmates over Ohio prison hunger strike

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A group of prison activists is calling on the state to meet inmates’ demands amid a lengthy hunger strike at Ohio’s super-maximum security prison.

The strike at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown began March 16 to draw attention to recreation and programming restrictions, including a ban on religious gatherings, imposed after an assault on a corrections officer.

The state prisons agency says other incidents, including serious acts of violence, also led to the changes.

The prison houses a few high-security death row inmates, including members of the Lucasville 5, convicted of having roles in a deadly 1993 prison riot.

Protesters with the group Lucasville Amnesty asked the state Tuesday to restore inmates’ recreation and religious rights.

Five inmates were still refusing meals Tuesday.

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