State prisons spokeswoman: 4 inmates hunger strike at high-security Ohio prison

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A prisons department spokeswoman says four inmates are on a hunger strike at Ohio’s highest security prison.

JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, declined to comment specifically on the issues surrounding the hunger strike at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown.

But through a spokesman, two of the inmates claim a new warden wants to arbitrarily take away most of their property, including books and music. They say they are demanding improved conditions.

The inmates’ spokesman said the hunger strike started last week.

The prison houses a few high-security death row inmates, including members of the Lucasville 5, convicted of having roles in a deadly 1993 prison riot. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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