UPDATE: Monday, August 19, 4 p.m.

A federal judge has approved a request from California and federal officials to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide prison hunger strike enters its seventh week.

Authorities with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation say they are concerned about the health of nearly 70 inmates who have refused all prison-issued meals since the strike began.

So, along with the federal health care receiver, they sought a court order that would allow them to force feed prisoners who are considered to be near death.

Isaac Ontiveraos with the California Prisoner Hunger Strike Authority says the best way to end this is to negotiate with the prisoners.


 SACRAMENTO -- Supporters of a California prisoner hunger strike are saying that those who are participating have been denied juice.

According to the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition, prison officials have told the remaining 190 inmates that are still on strike that they can no longer have juices; however, prison officials are willing to give the striker's protein drinks instead.

If the prisoners do take the protein drinks, they will no longer be considered part of the hunger strike.