La Tuna Confirms Lockdown After Inmate Hunger Strike
POSTED: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 5:39pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 10:38am
La Tuna Federal Prison in Anthony, TX, was placed under a lockdown last Tuesday because prisoners refused to go to the dining hall, said a prison spokesperson Monday.
NewsChannel 9 broke the story over the weekend after several concerned staff members called and told us about the situation.
Inmates went on a hunger and work strike to protest poor living conditions and medical care, according to sources inside the prison.
A prison spokesman would not confirm the reason behind the hunger strike, but he did say that inmates had raised concerns with staff members.
He did not go into detail about the complaints.
Sources say prisoners threatened to attack staff if a list of demands for better treatment was not met.
The spokerman said he was not aware of such a list, and the lockdown was lifted Monday, after inmates returned to the dining hall to eat.