The Pelican Bay hunger strikers' representatives announced Thursday that they were ending the hunger strike triumphantly after CDCR committed to a comprehensive examination of whether prisoners were properly held in SHU.
CDCR committed to reviewing the "gang-validation" decisions of every validated prisoner in SHU. As the hunger strikers have demanded, the criteria used will be based on individual behavior, rather than mere association. Prisoners wrongly held in SHU will be released to general population. Prisoner rights advocates believe that many prisoners have been falsely validated, estimating about 50% of them.
The prisoners also verified that the CDCR is continuing work on long-needed reforms, including an alternative to the despised "debriefing" ("snitching") program.
The hunger strikers were on their 18th day without food, barely two months' after a 20-day hunger strike in July.