SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California prison officials with the backing of a federal health care receiver are seeking court permission to force-feed inmates who have been participating in a hunger strike that is entering its seventh week.
Officials say they are concerned about the health of nearly 70 inmates who have refused all prison-issued meals since the strike began July 8 over the state's holding of gang leaders in decades-long solitary confinement.
Prison policy is to let inmates die if they have a legally binding do-not-resuscitate request.
But corrections officials and the federal authority who oversees prison medical care filed a motion Monday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco asking for authority to feed inmates near death.
That authority, if granted, would cover some who asked not to be revived.
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