Pelican Bay Inmates End Hunger Strike; Prisoners at Other Jails Still Refuse to Eat

After nearly three weeks of refusing food, inmates at Pelican Bay have ended their hunger strike, however, inmates at Calipatria and Salinas Valley prisons are reportedly still on strike.

Both the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity and officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation issued a memo to the press announcing the hunger strike at Pelican Bay had been called off.  Inmates started eating again after the CDCR said it would meet prisoners' demands, including continue a reviewing its conditions for prisoners in solitary confinement and its policies of gang validation.

“This is something the prisoners have been asking for and it is the first significant step we've seen from the CDCR to address the hunger strikers' demands,” says Carol Strickman, a lawyer with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, “But as you know, the proof is in the pudding. We'll see if the CDCR keeps its word regarding to this new process.”

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