An inmate in the Woodford County jail stopped eating to gain access to books that were mailed to him. That's the least interesting part of this story. Hunger strikes in prison equal temper tantrums for a five year old: do it often enough and the authority gives in. What is interesting is the case behind the inmate.
Kevin Johnson and some guy named Tyler (Kevin's brother? Friend? Laughing partner?) are being held in the jail after they were arrested in August for possession of burglary tools during a random police stop. According to their support website (which really wants you to know these kids are vegan like that matters, I guess?), they have come across some backwoods locals and are being persecuted (I paraphrased). The "denial of books" thing is part of the persecution and wrongful imprisonment, the website claims.
This is such a strange case, especially for the 21st century. If I had to guess, its all about probably some pretty vocal asshole vegan kids butting heads with equally as asshole authority figures who are too prideful to admit they were wrong in arresting these kids. Look, I live in Mississippi, the home of of the backwoods corrupt city, county and state sanctioned murder squads. I have read actual reports that basically told local sheriffs to murder activists. But those were civil rights voting cases. What the hell could be going on with two animal rights kids that Illinois would give a shit?
There is also a question of an inmate's "right to read." No offense, but that's kinda bullshit in this case, activist land. I will not speak on behalf of whether or not these kids were falsely arrested, I have no idea and not enough details. I will say that if you are in prison, fuck you getting anything from the outside. If you can just get whatever you want from the outside, then why the hell are we even calling it prison? And if the prison library is not "adequately stocked," I don't have an answer for you. The public library is not adequately stocked, but people get by. Work on getting your shit together and out of prison with the law books in the prison library (cause that's the one damn thing they definitely have) rather than your activist monthly book club selection.