Soap Demand Leads to Jail Hunger Strike

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    Authorities say about 120 inmates at the Monterey County jail are continuing a hunger strike to protest a new policy that reduced their allotments of soap.

          Sheriff's Department Cmdr. Mike Richards said Tuesday that another 46 inmates started eating again over the weekend.
         
    The strike started last Wednesday after officials reduced the number of bars of soap inmates can buy at the jail commissary each week from four to one.
         
    Richards says the change came in response to concerns that inmates were hoarding soap so it could be used to make weapons, to make the floors slippery for guards and to hide contraband.
         
    He says deputies found candy wrappers in the trash cans of the jail unit where inmates are refusing meals.