SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A hunger strike involving several dozen inmates inside California's prison system has evolved into a semantic battle between their advocates and corrections officials over how to define such an action.
Lawyers and advocates said Monday that the roughly 70 inmates who have refused prison meals since July 8 want to start taking a liquid diet that includes fruit and vegetable juices, just as they say hunger-striking terrorism suspects being held at Guantanamo Bay are allowed to do.
But California corrections officials define fruit and vegetable juices as food and thus would reclassify inmates as not being on a hunger strike if they started drinking them.
The hunger strike is being led by violent felons who are being held in isolation so they cannot mingle with the general prison population.
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