- uploaded: Aug 3, 2013
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Activists in Los Angeles are fasting to let the world know that inhumane treatment should not be allowed in US prisons. This Hunger for Justice movement is in solidarity with the California inmates who have been on a hunger strike since July 8th.Inmates are demanding an end to solitary confinement and an end to group punishment. The protest is centered on California's use of security housing units, or SHUs. The SHUs are small, windowless cells that inmates say are a part of a system of state-sponsored torture. Margaret Prescod is with Global Women's Strike. Prescod says California officials are endorsing torture by refusing to end the use of indefinite solitary confinement. The action comes after the death of Billy Sell, an inmate being held in solitary confinement at Corcoran State Prison. Prison officials are investigating Sell's death as a suicide but inmate advocates are calling for an independent review. As the strike approaches it's fourth week, inmate relatives are becoming more concerned. Family members say their only hope is coming from the growing support of the people. They say more and more people are learning the truth about California's jails. And now state officials are being flooded with calls and petitions demanding an end to indefinite isolation. Amnesty International has called the condition of California's prisons an affront to human rights. The global human rights group is also demanding an impartial probe into the death of Billy Sell.