H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Jul 13, 2013 5:25 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Department of Corrections: CMC inmates were refusing state issued food earlier this week

An official with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says 6371 inmates in 23 state prisons and one out of state contract facility are officially on a hunger strike, meaning they have missed at least nine state issued meals.

Earlier this week, officials were reporting that inmates at the California Mens Colony were refusing state issued food.

They are no longer confirming or denying where hunger strikes are taking place because they say it poses a threat to inmate safety.

Inmates are going on the hunger strike to protest the state's solitary confinement program for gang leaders.

There have been three hunger strikes in the past two years, and this is the largest one reported.

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