An estimated 30,000 California prison inmates have begun to refuse meals in what could be the largest prison protest in state history.
Inmates in two-thirds of California’s 33 prisons, and at all four out-of-state private prisons, refused both breakfast and lunch Monday, the Los Angeles Times reports. In addition, 2,300 prisoners did not to go to work or to their prison classes, either refusing or saying they were sick.
The corrections department does not acknowledge a hunger strike until inmates have missed nine consecutive meals.
The protest is organized by a small group of inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border. The priority on their list of demands is to get relief for inmates held in indefinite solitary confinement because of their ties to prison gangs.