4,754 inmates discontinue their hunger strike since July 11
SACRAMENTO – As of today, 7,667 inmates in 24 state prisons and one out-of-state contract facility are on a mass 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.
Today, 1,196 inmates refused to participate in their work assignments or attend educational classes.
CDCR is not identifying how many inmates are or are not participating in specific prisons. The mass hunger strike is organized by prison gangs and publicizing participation levels at specific prisons could put inmates who are not participating in extreme danger.
Visiting at state prisons will not be impacted. Pre-approved visitors can use the Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System (VPASS), CDCR’s online visiting reservation system, to make or confirm a visit with their loved one or to be notified of any changes.
The Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System can be accessed at http://visitorreservations.cdcr.ca.gov/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 12, 2013
CONTACT: TERRY THORNTON