SACRAMENTO -- Prison medical officials have reported few serious issues over the duration of California’s two-month-old prison hunger strike, but the frequency of protesters “falling out” -- fainting or requiring medical intervention -- rose this week.
Over the last four days, 32 hunger strikers have required medical attention, mostly fluids through intravenous tubes, daily medical incident reports show. Two inmates have been sent to outside hospitals for stabilization.
The corrections department said 100 inmates continued to refuse food Wednesday, though they were consuming Gatorade, to the tune of about 600 calories a day. Forty of those prisoners had accepted no state-issued meals since July 8, when the hunger strike began.
The state at this point has made no use of a court order allowing involuntary medical care, including feeding, of inmates.