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Thursday, October 20, 2011

California Inmates Are Eating Again

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 7:30 AM

Well that explains the strike
  • Well that explains the strike

The three-week hunger strike at prisons across the state has officially ended, with all inmates eating meals as of Tuesday.

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the inmates were satisfied with the CDCR's plan to substantially review and make changes to its solitary confinement policies, which could take several months to finalize.

The Department maintained the commitment to review the policies that it had begun in May 2011 and discussed with inmates during a 19-day hunger strike in July 2011.

The strike started on Sept. 26 with more than 4,000 inmates at eight different state prisons refusing state-issued meals. The number of inmates on hunger strike continued to drop, and by October 13, there were 580 prisoners refusing to eat, according to the CDCR.

All inmates resumed eating on Sunday, Oct. 16.

The CDCR is now investigating inmates who allegedly bullied other prisoners into joining the hunger strike -- the second strike in three months.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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