Official: Give Me Permission to Force-Feed Hunger Striking Prison Inmates

California prison inmates who have chosen to go hunger strike due to barbarous conditions they deem akin to torture risk a number of health problems and their own lives to make this powerful statement--and the fact that officials are seeking a court order to force-feed them feels like it serves to illustrate their entire point about being treated as sub-human:

More than 400 inmates in California prisons have refused food to protest what they call “inhumane” conditions in isolation units. Some of those inmates have not eaten for nearly three weeks, and say they're prepared to die to make their point. On Tuesday, the head of the state corrections department said he’d seek a court order to allow officials to force-feed inmates if necessary to save their lives.

This saga is an echo of the famous Northern Irish hunger strikes during the "Troubles" which have been immortalized in literature and film. Chances are the California story will continue to grow as prison reform becomes more and more of a mainstream issue. Read the rest of the story at SCPR.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at July 20, 2011, 7:30am

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