US judge approves force-feeding of California inmates
SACRAMENTO, California (AP) - A US judge 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 on July 8. They protest the holding of gang leaders and other violent inmates in solitary confinement that can last for decades.
The practice has been found to harm inmates' mental health.
When the strike began, it included nearly 30,000 of the 133,000 inmates in California prisons.