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Inmate on hunger strike; Fayette County prison seeks force-feed order

The state Department of Corrections is seeking a court order in Fayette County to possibly force-feed a 28-year-old inmate at SCI-Fayette in LaBelle who has been on a hunger strike for 18 days.

Officials are concerned about the health of the inmate, Randall Parran, formerly of Monroeville, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Parran, who is serving an Allegheny County sentence at the 2,000-bed maximum-security prison for robbery and other counts, has lost 14 pounds since he began his hunger strike on Oct. 18, the suit says.

“… Mr. Parran has refused to eat approximately 50 consecutive meals as of Nov. 4. It is the opinion of (prison medical director) Dr. Michael Herbik that Mr. Parran could be in imminent danger or suffering irreparable harm unless medical treatment, including nutrition, is administered to Mr. Parran,” wrote assistant counsel Jeff Paladina of the corrections department.

Parran’s weight has gone from 152 to 138 pounds.

“Permitting Mr. Parran to engage in a suicidal act by refusing nutrition will cause a significant disruption to the orderly administration of SCI-Fayette. The effects of his death would demoralize the staff and instill the belief in the inmate population that the prison administration caused and permitted Mr. Parran’s death,” the complaint states.

A hearing has not been scheduled.

The case has been assigned to Judge Steve P. Leskinen.

Paladina noted in his filing that Parran has previously gone on hunger strikes while incarcerated at SCI-Somerset in 2010 and again in 2012 while incarcerated at SCI-Camp Hill.

During the Camp Hill episode in December 2012, Paladina noted, prison officials took similar action to seek involuntary examination, treatment, nutrition and hydration.

Parran voluntarily ended his hunger strike.

Court documents do not state why Parran is on a hunger strike, but he had filed complaints against officials at SCI-Somerset alleging mistreatment.

Those complaints have been dismissed.

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