Join us at 9 a.m. when we talk with Times reporter Paige St. John about the end to California’s largest prison protest after a two-month hunger strike.
The protest ended Thursday without inmates winning major concessions on solitary confinement conditions — their main grievance — but with the promise of legislative hearings on the issue.
The strike, which began with 30,000 inmates refusing meals and ended with about 100, drew international attention to California's use of prolonged prisoner isolation. It was orchestrated by a few inmates in isolation at Pelican Bay prison near the Oregon border.
By this week, nearly 10 protesters a day were collapsing or otherwise required medical care. On Thursday, prison medical workers sought to move four of the most frail to medical wards, but those inmates refused to go, an official said.