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Hunger Strike and Force Feeding: The New York Approach  

Author:  Staff Editors.

Source: Volume 16, Number 01, November/December 2014 , pp.9-9(1)

Correctional Health Care Report

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New York inmate Leroy Dorsey weighed 241 pounds when he began a series of hunger strikes aimed at securing a prison transfer. When the issue of forced feeding by nasogastric tube matured, Dorsey weighed just 147 pounds. Expert testimony concluded that Dorsey’s refusal to eat was causing potentially irreversible damage to his internal organs that could lead to his death. The trial court granted the petition to force-feed and although Dorsey resumed eating thereafter, he appealed and in the appellate division the state again prevailed.

Keywords: Bezio v. Dorsey; Turner v Safely; Rivers v. Katz; life-threatening condition

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