SACRAMENTO – The mass inmate-initiated hunger strike is over, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced today.
CDCR officials in Sacramento were contacted by inmates by letter on October 11. It was the first such contact by inmates or their representatives during the inmate-led action.
Officials agreed to meet with inmate representatives to discuss its ongoing review of and revisions to its Security Housing Unit (SHU) policies that began in May 2011. Similar to its discussions with inmates during a July hunger strike, all agreed the changes to policies would take several months to finalize. The department agreed to continue on its same course.
Inmates initiated a second hunger strike on September 26, and after three days, 4,252 inmates in eight state prisons had missed nine consecutive meals – the point at which CDCR considers an inmate to be on a hunger strike. By October 13, the number of inmates participating had dropped to 580 inmates in three state prisons. There are approximately 160,355 inmates in the state’s 33 prisons, 42 conservation camps, community-based correctional facilities and three out-of-state contract facilities.
CDCR is continuing its investigation into allegations of threats or retaliation against inmates for not participating in the hunger strike.
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