The Georgia Department of Corrections acknowledged that a hunger strike at the Georgia Diagnostic & Classification Prison is ongoing, but said prison officials have not mistreated any inmates or violated any procedures, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The department denied accusations that it misled the Journal-Constitution when it told the newspaper that the hunger strike, which began June 10, ended on July 6. A hunger strike involving 10 inmates did end on July 6, said spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan.
She added, “On July 8, 2012, Miguel Jackson with seven inmates resumed the strike.” Jackson, who contends that he was beaten by prison guards and then deprived of proper medical care, has led the hunger strike. Jackson’s wife, his attorney and a friend of inmate Dexter Shaw say that the men and 10 to 12 other inmates have been on a continuous hunger strike since June 10. Spokeswoman Hogan said, “Inmate Jackson’s recreation privileges along with all inmates involved in the hunger strike have been placed on hold. Doctors have stated that inmates on hunger strike should not receive outside recreation because it could increase the possibility of dehydration and expedite harmful health conditions due to the high temperatures.”