Hunger and Work Strike at Santa Rita County Jail in California

Published November 1, 2019

Hunger and Work Strike at Santa Rita County Jail in California

On October 31, detainees at the Santa Rita County Jail in California staged a one-day hunger strike and work strike in protest of “widespread institutional neglect and abuse, including unsanitary living conditions, price gouging, poor medical care, forced labor, and lack of access to legal resources,” according to a statement written by the hunger strikers.

The hunger strikers said that the situation at the jail is at a “crisis point,” highlighting issues of sanitation and lack of adequate treatment from those dealing with symptoms of addition withdrawal, “Detainees are only provided cleaning supplies once a week…[and] are contracting lice, bed bugs, and flesh-eating staph infections from the MRSA virus.” They also added that guards routinely ignore medical and mental health emergencies.

Prisoners inside have reported that more than 60 prisoners are participating in the hunger strike in addition to refusing to report to their work assignments. The hunger strike began with prisoners refusing meals for half a day on October 18. The jail has been on lockdown recently, causing prisoners to be locked in their cells 24 hours a day.

Found at Perilous Chronicle