(Interest waning in hunger strike)….State prison inmates started the hunger strike July 11.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says the protest began with 12,421 inmates participating. The participants were in prisons around the state, including the Calipatria and Centinela facilities in Imperial County. The Department says they will not name the facilities participating or the number of inmates on hunger strike at any individual facility. They have said the total number of participants is now down to 1,457 inmates at 15 state prisons. They say there are now 48 prisoners who have refused to go to work in 3 state prisons. The inmates have said they want to negotiate prison conditions. The state has refused to negotiate with the inmates.