30K California Prisoners Refuse Meals in Protest of Isolation Policy

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. (KTLA) — More than 30,000 California inmates refused meals Monday in what could be the start of the largest prison hunger strike in American history.

Inmates at more than 20 of the state’s 33 prisons joined the protest to demand and end to current isolation policies, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Inmates in isolation could be kept indefinitely, some for decades, if they’re suspected of being members of prison gangs, according to the Times.

The hunger strike was organized by inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison seeking a five-year limit on isolation polices.

Officials said it was corrections policy only to recognize a hunger strike after an inmate had refused nine consecutive meals.

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