Federal Judge OKs Force Feeding of Calif. Inmates

Aug 19, 2013 5:45 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge has approved a request from California and federal officials to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide prison hunger strike entered its seventh week.
Officials say they fear for the welfare of nearly 70 inmates who have refused all prison-issued meals since the strike began July 8 over the state's holding of gang leaders and other violent inmates in solitary confinement that can last for decades.
Prison policy is to let inmates starve to death if they have signed legally binding do-not-resuscitate requests.
But state corrections officials and a federal receiver who controls inmate medical care received blanket authority from U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson to feed inmates who may be in failing health, including those who recently signed requests that they not be revived.


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