SACRAMENTO – As of today, 1,457 inmates in 15 state prisons 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, 48 inmates in three state prisons refused to participate in their work assignments.
On July 16, 2,493 inmates were on a mass hunger strike and 201 had refused to go to work.
On July 17, 2,327 inmates were on a mass hunger strike; 229 had refused to go to work.
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 18, 2013
CONTACT: TERRY THORNTON