Top prison official to seek court orders to force-feed hunger-striking inmates


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An arial view of Pelican Bay State Prison

 

 

Julie Small | KPCC

More than 400 inmates in California prisons have refused food to protest what they call “inhumane” conditions in isolation units. Some of those inmates have not eaten for nearly three weeks; they risk permanent physical damage and death. The head of the state corrections department said Tuesday he’d force-feed inmates if necessary to save their lives.

Prisoners in Security Housing Units (SHUs) spend 23 hours a day in their cells and one hour in a concrete exercise yard. They and their supporters call those conditions “torturous.”

Inmates say Corrections’ policy of indefinitely detaining inmates identified as gang members in the isolation units only makes matters worse. The hunger strikers say they’re prepared to die so they can force Corrections to end the practice. But the department’s secretary Matthew Cate says he’ll intervene to save those inmates’ lives.

“My view of it as I sit here today – and this may change – is that I’ll seek court orders to ask that they be force-fed,” says Cate.

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2 thoughts on “Top prison official to seek court orders to force-feed hunger-striking inmates

  1. …dysfunctional justice system! Right: dysfunctional justice system! Right: dysfunctional justice system! Dysfunctional since 30 years produced by lawmakers and honorable service in order to cater The Prison Industrial Complex.

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  2. Negotiate!!! What a bunch of idiots…They just want to be treated like human beings, not like the goose that they shove food down their gullet to be taken to market!! These prison officials and guards need to get over themselves….and pray that they don’t find themselves at the mercy of this disfunctional justice system!

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