Ohio Prison Inmates Enter Hunger Strike

Three inmates sentenced to death for their part in the Lucasville prison riot in 1993 have started a hunger strike at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown.

The inmates began refusing to eat their meals on Thursday, on the 20th anniversary of the uprising. A hunger strike constitutes three days of refusal to eat.

The men are protesting Ohio’s refusal to allow them sit down interviews with the media about their cases.

Inmates overtook the facility on April 11, 1993. Ten people died over 11 days, making it the longest deadly prison riot in US history.

Five inmates were sentenced to death in the case; three are in Youngstown, one is in Chillicothe and the fifth man is diabetic and will not take part in the hunger strike.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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