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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Prison protesters who drink Koolaid aren't counted in tallies

LA TimesCalifornia's prison hunger strike entered its 17th day Wednesday with 707 inmates continuing to refuse meals, and inmate advocates complaining those who turn down food but drink electrolytes or Koolaid are not being included in the state's protest count.

"Some inmates said they were on a solid food-only hunger strike," said Carol Strickman, an attorney with the inmate support group Prisoners with Children. "If they want to drink tea, electrolytes, we feel they should be allowed to do that."

An official with the court-appointed medical receiver's office, which runs prison medical programs in California, confirmed that those refusing food but accepting liquids are not included in the protest tally. However, said Joyce Hayhoe, those inmates are receiving medical attention as necessary.

The receiver's office reported eight inmates at three prisons required medical checks, and one at Corcoran State Prison was moved to an outside hospital for testing and observation. A 10th inmate, at Pelican Bay State Prison, was given intravanous fluids and sent back to his cell, she said.

Medical care is important at this point in the protest, as some inmates resume eating after refusing food for more than two weeks, Hayhoe said. "We're worried about refeeding syndrome," she said, referring to a potentially fatal shift in electrolytes if someone eats too much food immediately after fasting.

Hayhoe said most physical issues raised by inmates participating in the hunger strike over prison conditions currently include complaints of light-headedness, dizziness and dehydration.

When the protest began, more than 30,000 prisoners refused meals.


Anonymous said...

Does anybody really care other than the blood sucking lawyers who stand to make a few buck on the pending lawsuits. These so called inmate hug-a-thug organization can go jump off a bridge. If they don't want to eat who cares. There are thousands of people starving to death for real and don't have an option of getting free food three times a day or medical care for condition that arise from be malnutrition. These loser for life inmates can go die and take these loser lawyers with them.

Joe Blow said...

I agree, the scum of the earth wants to manipulate a system to get their way? Screw them and those who advocate for them.

You don't like your living conditions asswipes??!? Then don't kill people to earn those conditions! Make sense?!

Get a fucking clue losers! And to the fucktards who are advocates for criminals in prison: Why don't you grow a fucking brain and be advocates for the families and victims of these pieces of shit?

Or does that require more common sense than your brain can handle?!!!