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Monday, July 8, 2013

DVI on alert for inmate hunger strike

Tracy PressOfficials at Deuel Vocational Institution were on alert Monday, July 8, for a possible
hunger strike among inmates, according to prison spokesman Lt. Arnel Bona.

The strike was reportedly initiated by inmates at Pelican Bay in Crescent City, and is expected to spread this week to other prisons managed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Bona said.

Details about DVI’s possible inmate involvement are only being released by CDCR officials, which operates DVI.

Bona, who spoke outside of DVI just after noon, said CDCR officials “didn’t want individual prisons commenting” about the situation.

An interview request with CDCR officials was being emailed to them by Bona on Monday afternoon. No response had come as of 5:15 p.m.

As part of the strike, inmates are not supposed to eat or work, according to Bona, who also noted that he saw some inmates going to their jobs.

Bona said DVI officials are in contact with CDCR headquarters.

“We’re getting an assessment of how many (inmates) will possibly participate,” he said. “It’s in the initial stages.”

A website, www.prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com , states the demands of inmates at Pelican Bay. continue reading...

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