"Today even harsher prison conditions [exist in the U.S.]" than those that led to the New York prison rebellion that left 29 prisoners and nine hostages dead, says Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges in a recent episode of "On Contact." He is joined by author Heather Ann Thompson.
More than 12,000 prisoners in California have endured five days of hunger striking to end harsh punishment, redefine gang activity, improve food quality, increase access to health care and education services, and bring an end to solitary confinement, which they call "indefinite state-sanctioned torture."
Prisoners all over California continue a hunger strike despite nearing death; "Sister Wives" reality TV show stars fight the anti-polygamy law; and economists have resorted to capital bribery to resuscitate the American job market. These discoveries and more after the jump.