According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, more than two dozen Norteno street gang members are in a security lockdown, and they aren't happy about it. According to Undersheriff Kory Honea, the inmates were planning to stage what he calls a "fake" hunger strike. He says, "It's indicative of a tactic in state prisons, where inmates say that they're being mistreated when they're not."
Honea says since August, of the roughly 600 inmates currently housed in the Butte County Jail, 30, all documented members of the Norteno street gang have been disruptive. He says they've been picking fights with the black inmates, and cutting other Nortenos who aren't following the "code of conduct." According to Honea, inmates who would normally be housed in state prisons are held in county jails, thanks to AB-109. Honea says the inmates had been hoarding food, and were planning the strike in order to gain public sympathy.