SACRAMENTO -- As hundreds of California prisoners continue a hunger strike, medical staffers are struggling to keep tabs on the protest's toll.
The medical receiver's office, a court-appointed agency that runs prison healthcare services, reports that 31 inmates on the hunger strike have lost more than 10% of their body weight in the past month, with five of those losing more than 15% of their weight.
But 57 hunger strikers refuse to be weighed. Agency spokeswoman Joyce Hayhow said reasons for the refusals vary.
"Some are refusing all medical treatment, some don't want to be inconvenienced, some may not want us to know how much weight they either have, or have not, lost," she said.
The protest, which inmates say is over the use of isolation units, is now in its 31st day.
With the inmates unable to communicate with the media, family members and supporters are attempting to keep public attention on the protest by holding rallies in cities across the state, including events in Los Angeles.