SACRAMENTO -- Lawmakers frustrated that a state prison hunger strike has gone on for seven weeks say it is time they took on the debate over solitary confinement themselves.
“The issues raised by the hunger strike are real ... and can no longer be ignored,” Senate Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) and her Assembly counterpart, Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) said Friday.
They issued a joint call for hearings this fall on conditions within California’s super-maximum security prisons. The lawmakers ask inmates to end their hunger strike in the meantime. “Legislators recognize the core concerns raised by the inmates and their supporters and need no further sacrifice or risk of human life," they said in a statement issued by their offices.