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CDCR Updates Information About Inmate-Initiated Hunger Strike

3,441 inmates discontinue their hunger strike since September 29

SACRAMENTO – As of today, 811 inmates in five state prisons are on an inmate initiated hunger strike, down from 4,252 inmates on September 29, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). An inmate is considered to be on a hunger strike after he has missed nine consecutive meals.

Following are the number of inmates still participating at each institution:

• Calipatria State Prison (59)
• California State Prison-Corcoran (361)
• Ironwood State Prison (7)
• Pelican Bay State Prison (141)
• Salinas Valley State Prison (243)

At Pelican Bay State Prison, four of the 11 self-identified hunger strike leaders have resumed eating. A total of 578 inmates at the prison have discontinued their hunger strike this past week and resumed eating.

CDCR is conducting several investigations regarding inmates being threatened or retaliated against by other inmates for not participating in the hunger strike. A preliminary investigation of a riot at Ironwood State Prison on October 4 indicates an inmate was allegedly attacked, in part, for his lack of participation in the hunger strike. The inmate was treated at an outside hospital.


Contact: Terry Thornton (916) 445-4950