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Hunger Strike at the Fresno County Jail
by Mike Rhodes
Monday Jul 15th, 2013 3:05 PM
This hunger strike is not related to the statewide hunger strike at state prisons throughout the state. Until now, no news about these conditions have appeared in the media. A protest is planned for this Friday at 1 p.m. Details will be available soon.
Federal prisoners being held on the 6th floor of the Fresno County Jail are in the midst of a hunger strike, protesting what they consider to be unreasonably harsh living conditions. According to Antonia Olivera, whose son is on hunger strike, about 45 prisoners have not eaten for the last week. These men are confined to their cells and have been on lock down since January 2013.

Deputy Chris Curtice, who is the Fresno Sheriff’s Public Information Officer, acknowledged the hunger strike and said that participating inmates are being monitored by jail medical staff. He put the number participating in the hunger strike at 35. Curtice also said that in addition to the lock down, they have been having issues with the air conditioner, which has not been working to capacity. Olivera said the A/C had been our for the last 30 days and that inmates have been sleeping on the cement floor.

The demands of the inmates are to end the lock down and allow prisoners to re-establish their regular routines.

I have made a request to Deputy Curtice to visit the 6th floor to check on the health and safety of the inmates who are participating in the hunger strike.