SACRAMENTO -- As the hunger strike in California's prisons enters its fourth week, one state lawmaker says he's disturbed by the lack of progress at bringing the strike to an end.
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano says keeping anyone in solitary confinement for indefinite amounts of time does not meet the norms of human rights. He's also concerned that the conditions in the prison have led to unusual rates of suicide instead of reasonable rates of rehabilitation.
One death of a prisoner who participated in the hunger strike has been ruled a suicide. On Tuesday, 40,000 petitions were delivered to the governor's office asking him to look into the treatment of prisoners in California facilities.