Hunger Strike at California Prisons Stretches into Third Week

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Nearly 1,000 prisoners across the state are still on a mass hunger strike, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced Monday.

A total of 986 inmates throughout 11 prisons continue to refuse meals.

The strike started on July 11. At the peak of the strike, officials noted that 12,421 prisons were refusing meals. Authorities consider an inmate to be on a hunger strike if they have missed nine consecutive meals.

Only 42 inmates in one unnamed state prison refused to do their work assignments.

Prisoner advocates say the strike is over conditions in solitary confinement. Many in isolation are accused of having gang ties.

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  • awsides

    And FINALLY the CDCr is moving in the right and is going to meet with the advocates for the SHU inmates.