A 2011 hunger strike by California convicts attracted the attention of human rights advocates, and that led to an extraordinary alliance. If this group of lawyers and prisoners has its way, the barbaric conditions in our prisons will come to an end.
Todd Ashker, a prisoner in solitary confinement at California's Pelican Bay Prison, speaks to "Democracy Now!" via recording Friday about the conditions in which he's being held.
Prison officials are trying to break a hunger strike involving thousands of California inmates by "blasting cells with cold air, confiscating legal documents and, in one case, banning lawyers, according to legal representatives and relatives," The Guardian reports.