California Prisoners Mount Hunger Strike

    Concertina wire and a guard tower are seen at Pelican Bay State Prison near Crescent City, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011.  State prison officials allowed the media to tour Pelican' Bay's secure housing unit, known as the SHU, where inmates are isolated for 22 1/2 hours a day in windowless, soundproofed cells to counter allegations of mistreatment made during an inmate hunger strike last month. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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    California prison officials are stepping up their opposition to protesting prisoners, who resumed their hunger strike last week. An internal memo shows officials are trying to isolate and discipline inmates, and even deny them contact with their lawyers. Two lawyers that helped mediate talks were barred from the prison last week. The prisoners are protesting being kept in isolation for more than 22 hours a day, part of the prison's attempt to discourage gangs.

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