California inmates on Thursday ended a nearly two-month hunger strike to protest policies that can keep some gang leaders isolated for decades, after lawmakers agreed to hold hearings on complaints about the treatment.
Officials say they fear for the welfare of nearly 70 inmates who have refused all prison-issued meals since the strike began July 8 over the holding of gang leaders and other violent inmates in solitary confinement that can last for decades.
Prison officials said Saturday that they are investigating Monday’s death at California State Prison, Corcoran as a possible suicide. They are awaiting the Kings County coroner’s report before making a final determination on the cause of death.
California prison officials are threatening to discipline thousands of inmates who are participating in a statewide hunger strike.
Inmates in an isolation unit at Pelican Bay State Prison have ended a hunger strike intended to protest conditions that they describe as inhumane.
Prison officials say that thousands of California inmates are refusing state-supplied meals to show support for a hunger strike that began at Pelican Bay State Prison to protest conditions there.