Suicide is illegal, so prisoners should not be allowed to kill themselves. If they try to commit suicide through refusing to eat, they should be force fed. Prisoners are in no position to protest since they have already broken the rules of society. Their hunger strikes are not legitimate forms of protest since they are not trustworthy. Prison hunger strikes are publicity stunts.
Leads into gray areas that could easily cross the lines of cruel and unusual punishment. Imagine if they're allowed to force feed inmates and a prisoner simply declines a meal because they don't feel good. I think we've all had moments we have been without appetite. Just because they're inmates, doesn't mean they should be mistreated.
And to those who say that you don't care how prisoners are treated... Well, as long as ONE person is wrongfully imprisoned that is all the more reason to be concerned with how they're all treated.
If you cave in to CRIMINAL DEMANDS, then they will continue doing it. Let them starve themselves. If they die, well, then they were not mentally stable enough to be out in public anyway. Most likely, they will give up. And go back to eating and being good little inmates.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
***This should explain everything, yes, they are criminals, but they should still have certain freedoms still just like they do for Amendment 5, Amendment 6, Amendment 7, and Amendment 8... Amendment 1 gives them the freedom of the following above***