SACRAMENTO--California corrections officials said 7,600 inmates remained on hunger strike for the fifth day, part of a protest that involves two-thirds of the state's prisons.
Following its own protocol, the court-appointed medical receiver's office has begun medical observations of those prisoners, at this point to just keep watch for signs of distress. "Some are refusing treatment," said Liz Gransee, spokeswoman for medical receiver J. Clark Kelso. Refusal, she said, can range from declining to speak with a nurse, take medications or go to a previously scheduled appointment.
In addition, 1,200 inmates continued to refuse to go to their assigned prison jobs or attend classes, the corrections department said.
Spokesman Jeffrey Callison said the work stoppages, as well as the hunger strike in general, had not otherwise caused disruptions and remained peaceful. "I have not heard of anything out of the ordinary," Callison said.