Hunger strikes continued Saturday at 23 California prisons and one out-of-state facility, with more than 6,300 inmates refusing meals for days. The corrections department Saturday would not say how many have refused to eat meals since Monday.
[Updated 4:20 p.m. July 14: The number of inmates who have refused nine or more meals Sunday fell to 4,487, said Callifornia corrections officials. In addition, 731 inmates continued to refuse to go to work or classes, said spokesman Jeffrey Callison. Sunday marked the seventh day of protest.]
Seven inmates required medical intervention Saturday, the federal receiver's office said, without providing detail of the conditions of those inmates. In addition, spokeswoman Liz Gransee said, medical workers stopped giving medications to some of the fasting prisoners.
[Updated 10:30 a.m. July 14: Gransee said medical checks automatically begin on the 17th day of fasting, but staff were already evaluating those whose health seemed at risk. She said medications most often are stopped for those whose prescription requires the medicine be taken with food, and medical staff decided to continue taking those medications without food put the inmate at risk.]