The hunger strike is a protest for the lockdown of the men’s housing unit. The lockdown, which began March 23rd, was in response to an increase in infractions and verbal abuse towards officers which included throwing bodily fluids and feces at guards.
Sixteen of 156 inmates on lockdown started refusing food on Friday. TDCJ says that participating prisoners are being monitored daily by medical staff and none are displaying symptoms requiring medical attention.
During a lockdown prisoners are confined to cell or dorm, generally not allowed visitation, and certain privileges and rights are suspended until the lockdown is lifted.