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Hunger Strike Update

SACRAMENTO – As of today, 364 inmates in seven state prisons are on a hunger strike disturbance, down from 12,421 inmates on July 11, 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.

A total of 210 inmates have been on a mass hunger strike continuously since July 8.

CDCR has resumed conducting case-by-case reviews of validated inmates in prisons that have no inmates participating in the hunger strike.

Since last October, CDCR has conducted 415 case-by-case reviews of validated inmates. As of today, August 6, 230 inmates housed in SHUs have either been transferred or are approved for transfer to a general population facility and 122 inmates were placed in various phases of the Step-Down Program, an incentive-based, multi-step program that provides graduated housing, enhanced programs, interpersonal interactions and increased privileges for validated inmates who refrain from criminal gang behavior.

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AUGUST 6, 2013

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