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Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 9:34am

Death Row Prisoners Plot Hunger Strike

Family members say Georgia death row inmates are trying to organize a hunger strike and a voluntary lock-down after crackdowns at the prison where they live.

Jackson State Prison officials have reportedly tightened controls since two death row inmates allegedly committed suicide in the last month.

The prison, according to the sister of death row inmate Troy Davis, has apparently ended contact visits with family members, instituted a 23-hour lock down for inmates, and has taken away activities like art and knitting.

According to human rights advocates, some inmates have already rejected meals and are discussing voluntarily staying in their cells even during their permitted hour of recreation.

105 men and a woman live on Georgia’s death row.

The Georgia Department of Corrections says it’s still investigating the recent inmate deaths.

The DOC says 35-year-old Leeland Mark Braley apparently took his own life and was found hanging in his cell at the state prison in Jackson early Friday.

The Department also describes the death of 43-year-old Timothy Pruitt as an alleged suicide attempt.

Pruitt died last month in a hospital of injuries from that incident.

The DOC says it investigates inmate deaths internally and turns cases over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation if necessary.

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