By Kevin Fagan / SFGate / July 22, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO — Inmates have ended a three-week hunger strike in the high-security Pelican Bay State Prison in Del Norte County to protest conditions in isolation units at the facility and what they said were oppressive gang-security measures by prison officials, California prison officials say.
Advocates for the prisoners said they got confirmation late Thursday from the inmates themselves. Meanwhile, some inmates in three other state prisons who were refusing to eat in solidarity with those in Pelican Bay were continuing their strike until they could also receive confirmation, state officials said.
“Most inmates at Pelican Bay started eating again last night, and as of 1 p.m. today they were all eating,” Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said Thursday.
“Our staff is now consulting with the prisoners in the other institutions who are still refusing to eat prison-issued food, and we are hoping they start eating again soon,” she said.
The three other prisons are in Corcoran (Kings County), Tehachapi (Kern County) and Calipatria (Imperial County).
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