19 Feb '12, 12am

California Prisoner on Hunger Strike Dies via @Care2

A 27-year-old prisoner, Christian Alexander Gomez, died on February 2 while on a hunger strike to protest access to health and legal services, sanitary food and other amenities in a segregation unit in California’s Corcoran State Prison . Gomez was a convicted murderer and died six days after he and 31 other inmates began refusing food. He was found unresponsive in his cell and sent to an outside hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Gomez was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder and attempted murder. He and thousands of other California prisoners have been staging hunger strikes since July , with the first protests occurring against isolation units at Pelican Bay State Prison and continuing throughout California’s state corrections systems. Prison officials estimated that about 4,000 prisoners were participating in October at the height of the outbreak but ad...

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