Hunger strike over at Tracy prison
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Jul 22, 2013 | 4795 views | 4 4 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A hunger strike by the inmates at Deuel Vocational Institution ended on Saturday, July 20, according to DVI spokesman Lt. Arnel Bona.

“Not exactly sure what prompted them (to stop),” said Bona, on Monday, July 22. “One day they are not eating and another they are.”

When the hunger strike began on July 8 at the state’s 33 prisons, 738 DVI inmates stopped eating state-issued meals. However, that number shrank to 448 by July 11, according to Bona.

DVI housed around 2,775 inmates during the hunger strike, Bona said,

“Everybody is all happy,” he said. “They’re happy and we’re happy.”

Jeffrey Callison, press secretary for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, declined to comment Monday on current activities at DVI.

Callison did confirm that as of Sunday, July 21, there were 1,081 inmates at 11 institutions still participating in the hunger strike and 42 inmates had refused to work.

About 30,000 inmates statewide were involved in the hunger strike on the first day and nearly 29,000 inmates refused meals on Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 10, according to the CDCR.

The strike was reportedly initiated by inmates at Pelican Bay in Crescent City.

A hunger strike was declared by CDCR officials after inmates missed nine consecutive state-issued meals, which occurred on July 10.

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July 27, 2013
That lasted about as long as I expected - not long enough.
July 23, 2013
Even imprisoned, they have it better than many senior citizens and every homeless person.

3 meals a day, rent free, no cost medical. Almost makes a life of crime worthwhile for all the freebies.

I couldn't feel less sorry for these guys who made a decision that landed them in prison.
July 23, 2013
“Not exactly sure what prompted them (to stop),” said Bona, on Monday, July 22. “One day they are not eating and another they are.”

Ummmm, what happened was, they got hungry and realized that they probably should eat to stop the hunger pains. Stupid idiots have the audacity to have a complaint. The fact that they get to choose to "one day eat and another day not eat" is disturbing in itself. Some people in this world don't have a choice. They never get to eat.
July 22, 2013
Meanwhile with tremendous enthusiasm the crickets react with their thoughts on this.

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