State Inmate Ends Hunger Strike He Says He Started Due to Unjustified Solitary Confinement

An Alabama inmate who refused food and drink during what he said was unjustified solitary confinement has ended his hunger strike.

According to reports, Robert Earl Council started the hunger strike last week at Holman Correctional Facility. Council’s attorney, David Gespass, says Council was moved Tuesday to Kilby Correctional Facility, where he is being medically examined and is expected to return to the general prison population.

Council was sentenced to life without parole in 1995 for murder. He was previously held at St. Clair Correctional Facility and transferred to solitary confinement in late February after a contraband search. Gespass says his client has spent more than four years in solitary confinement.

Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton says the agency does not disclose why inmates are moved.

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