Wrong Shifting Sides

In California prisons, hunger strikes have began again in order to protest the fact that the promised reforms, subject of the last recent hunger strikes, have not yet happened. Prisoners are held in indefinite detention, in solitary confinement for years. For some release from solitary would mean they would have to inform authorities on who belongs to gangs. Prison officials say that holding human contact at a minimum is a way for them to hold violence down. Inmates went on a hunger strike to ask for a change in these policies. Those same prison officials have now threatened the inmates on hunger strike with additional sanctions if they persist. They would for example confiscate any of the snacks they may purchase from the canteen with their own money.
Many do not feel much compassion for prisoners. They are, they say, criminals paying for whatever wrong they have done. Regardless of the feelings of those many, punishing inmates for going on a hunger strike, when it is the only peaceful means of protest available to them shifts the onus of wrong—onto anyone who even thinks such a measure is appropriate.