California Prisoners End Hunger Strike


Prison officials announced Thursday that California inmates have ended the hunger strike that began three weeks ago at Pelican Bay State Prison in Del Norte County, near the California/Oregon border, as Care2′s Amelia Thomson DeVeaux reported here.

The inmates organized the strike in protest over conditions and policies within the facility. More than 6,600 inmates at 13 prisons throughout California were involved in the movement at its peak.

Prisoners Showed Signs Of Dramatic Weight Loss

Inmates had begun to show signs of dramatic weight loss and some even collapsed from starvation, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The prisoners had made six key demands, including that the prison reform its policies on long-term solitary confinement.
They also called for an end to a policy allowing indefinite detention in the isolation unit for inmates suspected of continued involvement in gang activity.

Hunger Strike Continues At Three Other State Prisons

However, while the hunger strike at the maximum security Northern California Pelican Bay appeared to be over, California corrections officials acknowledged more than 500 inmates continue to refuse meals at three other state prisons.

From The Los Angeles Times:

More than 400 inmates remain on hunger strike at the California State Prison in Corcoran, more than 100 at the California Correctional Institute in Tehachapi and about 29 at Calipatria State Prison, said prison spokeswoman Terry Thornton.


Earlier this week, 17 inmates who had begun to show early symptoms of starvation were moved from Pelican Bay to Corcoran, to “ensure we have sufficient and appropriate medical resources” to treat them if they continued the strike, said Nancy Kincaid, a spokeswoman for the federal receiver overseeing prison healthcare.

Among the protesters’ demands is an end to a policy that requires them to inform on gang members in order to be released from Security Housing Units, where inmates often spend years in solitary confinement as punishment for violating prison rules.

The protests came in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that ruled California’s overcrowded prisons constituted “cruel and unusual punishment” and required the state to dramatically reduce its prisoner population.

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Mary Storbridge6 years ago

what if just one man in that prison group was innocent and with this dna proved to be so? Should he suffer too?

Joy Jin
Joy Jin6 years ago

Yes. Hunger strikes aren't violent, but they take national attention and are dramatically effective and noticeable. These prisons need to give their prisoners better conditions.

Arunah G.

I agree with John H. I think they should be treated so badly that they would never commit a crime in their lives again and others would also think about how these prisoners are tortured so even they would think like a million times before commiting a crime. The world has become too scary a place to live in.The things we read about how kids are raped and women are tortured! It's horrifying! Something has to be done before things get worse.

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B6 years ago

Agree with Toni. They may not have their civil rights, but they deserve to be treated humanely.

A Tyrrell
Allena Tyrrell6 years ago

Hi How RU 2 day

Yeah, they have all gone stir crazy, some of you inside your PC political correct, computer heads have also, but we all have to be a little insane, to stay sane. Anyone under to much pressure, with lack of food, will get the stress factor. Do governments want repeat offenders, the bad lads, the old lags, the schnorres and schlymiels, to reform, and go straight? Does anyone Here? Do they really get free medical care, three meals a day, psychiatric shrinky dinky care. In a truly Liberal Democratic country we should all have the right to complain about abuse. What happens to people, in authority when they break the law, they dont often get caught for years, like fruadulent local tax revenue officials, here in St Leonards on Sewage. East Sussex UK. did they go and do a term at Lewes Sussex County Prison? Answer is no, they did not, another example of rip off Britain,

The US is not the only country with a large percentage of people in custody, It is said to be Turkey and the UK as well. Yes we should punish them, it needs to appropriate, but tough punishment produces more tougher criminals, and such institutions, here in the UK have been called the Universities of Crime, where they learn even more. You give me these naughty boys one hour in a room, and I will sort em out, because the more we find out what they are really like, the more we can, stop them. They are like naughty school boys, grown up.

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Jane R.
Jane R6 years ago

They don't want to live by prison rules? Then let them starve themselves to death. They are given 3 meals daily, free medical and dental care, psychiatric care and more, yet they have the right to complain?

Angela V.
Angela V.6 years ago

They should get bread and water. They are in prison for breaking the law. If it weren't so "nice" in there maybe less would be repeat offenders......Then we wouldn't need so many prisons, well we will need more because that's where all the elderly should go when they have to choose between eating cat food or getting their medications.....

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

If you truly want the prisoners to have it better in jail, set up a charity. The people who care for them can donate money to keep the prisoners happy. The BC Government(Canada),just an example, doesn't even fund the Children's Hospital adequately and there is a charity and donations to fund the hospital. If you can't even fund a Children's Hospital sufficiently, then how can you expect any government to adequately fund a prison?

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

Thank you Britin Jackson, and Toni nofwds C. for you comments and the green star.

Jana Zajicova
Jana Zajicova6 years ago

Neale Donald Walsch
The inability to experience the suffering of another as one's own is what allows such suffering to continue. Separation breeds indifference.