A hunger strike by the inmates at Deuel Vocational Institution ended on Saturday, July 20, according to DVI spokesman Lt. Arnel Bona.
“Not exactly sure what prompted them (to stop),” said Bona, on Monday, July 22. “One day they are not eating and another they are.”
When the hunger strike began on July 8 at the state’s 33 prisons, 738 DVI inmates stopped eating state-issued meals. However, that number shrank to 448 by July 11, according to Bona.
DVI housed around 2,775 inmates during the hunger strike, Bona said,
“Everybody is all happy,” he said. “They’re happy and we’re happy.”
Jeffrey Callison, press secretary for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, declined to comment Monday on current activities at DVI.
Callison did confirm that as of Sunday, July 21, there were 1,081 inmates at 11 institutions still participating in the hunger strike and 42 inmates had refused to work.
About 30,000 inmates statewide were involved in the hunger strike on the first day and nearly 29,000 inmates refused meals on Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 10, according to the CDCR.
The strike was reportedly initiated by inmates at Pelican Bay in Crescent City.
A hunger strike was declared by CDCR officials after inmates missed nine consecutive state-issued meals, which occurred on July 10.
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