Thoughts and News on Criminal Justice and Correctional Policy in California
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Pelican Bay Strike, Day 4: Strike Expands
The latest reports from family members, friends and supporters of inmates are that approximately 6,000 inmates in a variety of correctional institutions have joined the hunger strike. Also expressing solidarity are approximately 50 county inmates held in West Valley detention center, who are refusing jail food (but purchasing commissary food). I'm not sure whether the supporters, whose job assessing the size of the strike is admittedly difficult given the lack of data from CDCR, count county inmates among their striker numbers. If the figure is to be believed, the strike is approaching the previous strike in terms of number of participating inmates.
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