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Latest News Wires California allowed to force-feed hunger-striking prisoners, judge rules

Some 136 California inmates are currently taking part in a hunger strike that began July 8 to demand changes to housing policies for gang members. After concerns arose that some hunger strikers had been coerced into refusing food, the court ruled Monday that the prisons can force-feed inmates.

By Sharon BernsteinReuters / August 20, 2013

Rich Pedroncelli/AP

California authorities won court approval on Monday to force-feed some prisoners on a hunger strike after officials voiced concerns that inmates may have been coerced into refusing food in a protest against the state's solitary confinement policies.