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California state prisoners to resume hunger strike

September 26, 2011 | 11:22 am

Prisoners to resume hunger strike
California prison inmates announced Monday that they will be resuming their hunger strike.

Inmates staged a hunger strike in July to protest what they described as inhumane conditions, particularly long, punitive stays in isolation cells. The strike began at Pelican Bay State Prison and spread across California. Advocates for the prisoners said in a statement Monday that 6,600 inmates took part.

The prisoners, whose demands included an end to a policy that requires them to inform on gang members in order to be released from solitary confinement, agreed to start eating again after three weeks.

Prisoners in the Secure Housing Unit at Pelican Bay State Prison and the Administrative Segregation Unit at Calipatria State Prison planned to resume their strike Monday.

A statement from the group Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity said: "Despite claims to the contrary, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has yet to fully address what the prisoners feel are the most substantive changes outlined in their demands."


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Photo: Some California inmates plan to resume their hunger strike Monday. Jose Flores, 27, left, and Eddie Ramirez, 24, attended a rally in Los Angeles last month in support of the inmates. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters