State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today praised Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (DRC) officials for working to resolve a hunger strike at the state’s super-max prison facility in Youngstown. 


The inmates on strike were protesting recent prison policy changes that affected inmate recreation, group programming and religious services. Prison officials maintained that the policy changes were necessary to ensure security and safety of prison personnel, citing a December assault on a corrections officer.


“I commend Warden Jay Forshey for reaching an agreement that ends the hunger strike while maintaining prison safety and security. I spoke with the warden during the hunger strike and will continue ongoing communications in order to keep abreast of the situation,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “I also want to thank that staff at the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee for diligently monitoring the situation and keeping my office appraised of ongoing developments.”


The hunger strike began on March 16 with over 30 prisoners participating, but had steadily decreased to just five as of this week. According to the Toledo Blade, the remaining inmates on hunger strike agreed to suspend their protest after certain policy changes were made for phone calls and religious services in programming booths. 

 
 
 
  
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