California Prison Hunger Strike Ends

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After 60 days, inmates in California prisons participating in a hunger strike have begun eating state-issued meals, the corrections department said Thursday morning.

Prisoners were striking in protest of solitary confinement, calling conditions “torturous.”

Last month, a judge O.K.’d the force-feeding of inmates. Prison officials argued that there was “risk that inmates may be or have been coerced into participating in the hunger strike” and signed those papers against their will.

The strike began in July with 12,400 inmates in prisons across the state.

Inmates argued that there was no due process in deciding who went into solitary confinement.

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