California's prison hunger strike entered its 17th day Wednesday with 707 inmates continuing to refuse meals, and inmate advocates complaining those who turn down food but drink electrolytes or Kool-Aid are not being included in the state's protest count.
"Some inmates said they were on a solid food-only hunger strike," said Carol Strickman, an attorney with the inmate support group Prisoners with Children. "If they want to drink tea, electrolytes, we feel they should be allowed to do that."
An official with the court-appointed medical receiver's office, which runs prison medical programs in California, confirmed that those refusing food but accepting liquids are not included in the protest tally. However, said Joyce Hayhoe, those inmates are receiving medical attention as necessary.
The receiver's office reported eight inmates at three prisons required medical checks, and one at Corcoran State Prison was moved to an outside hospital for testing and observation. A 10th inmate, at Pelican Bay State Prison, was given intravanous fluids and sent back to his cell, she said.