Inspired by Prison Justice Day, hundreds of prisoners started a hunger strike in Toronto on Monday August 9th.
Those being held at the Toronto East Detention Centre are protesting a number of conditions from inadequate healthcare to lack of food to unexplained lockdowns.
Lisa has heard about the conditions inside the jail firsthand. Her boyfriend has been detained there since May.
Stark Raven spoke with Lisa about what is happening inside the detention centre on the first day of the hunger strike.
If you want to offer support, know of media who would be interested in covering the story or know of organizations that could support the prisoners, please email Lisa at lisa84(at)rogers.com.
Prison Justice Day is August 10th and is a day to remember those who have died behind bars and to raise awareness about conditions inside prisons.
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