Protesting solitary confinement: Hunger strike begins at Wisconsin prisons

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MADISON — A handful of Wisconsin prison inmates have started a hunger strike in hopes of forcing an end to long-term solitary confinement.

The Industrial Workers of the World, a labor union working to draw attention to the strike, announced on Monday that at least seven inmates at Waupun Correctional Institution and Columbia Correctional Institution had pledged to stop eating on Friday.

A Department of Corrections spokesman said Friday that “several” inmates have started to refuse food. He said the agency would monitor their condition to ensure their health and safety. He didn’t immediately respond to an email asking how many inmates are involved.


  • Super Dave

    Sorry, but once you are a prisoner, you lose most of your rights. You do the crime, you do the time. It’s time for the people who make bad decisions to learn the consequences and take responsibility.

    • Jasmine

      Okay, you try to be kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. Let’s see if you don’t experience any psychological damage. Honestly , if you do not care don’t bother clicking on the link , reading it, nor commenting. Because to me, it seems to me like you do.

      • prisoners on strike? lol

        I wonder how much physical damage, financial damage, or phycological damage these inmates caused their victoms. Liberals are really good at defending criminals’ rights and blocking out the big picture, these people would kill themselves in a third world prison.

  • imcrazy

    The criminals are put in solitary because even after they are put in prison they still can’t behave. Obviously the punishment is not harsh enough.

  • Z

    Let them starve. It’s their choice.

    The more interesting bit, who the hell are the Industrial Workers of the World? A union that supports prisoners? Is this a joke?

  • Jeremy Daubon

    I was an inmate in those prisons. When did the change happen between when I should be starved and when I shouldn’t be denied food as a form of capital punishment?

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