People in solitary confinement have been loudly awakened by guards every 30 minutes 24/7 since the night of August 2nd! Please help stop this sleep deprivation torture.
On Nov 30th, the 119th day of interrupted sleep 48 times a day, about 20 people took part in an EMERGENCY PROTEST at CDCr headquarters in Sacramento to stop these so-called “security/welfare checks” being done every 30 minutes in the Pelican Bay SHU and other solitary units in CA prisons.
Sleep deprivation is torture, and that is what these loud, intrusive checks are causing. For people in solitary cells 23-24 hours a day, the noise and disruption every 30 minutes is unavoidable, endless torture. Prisoners are experiencing severe stress, weight loss, dizziness, nausea, headaches, eye problems, stomach and bowel problems, faintness, depression, and sped-up heart rates. They cannot concentrate, exercise, read, do legal work- the things that help them survive- and they can’t sleep!
SEND EMAILS to
STOP the 30 minute ‘checks’
MAKE CALLS to STOP 30 minute ‘checks’ in Pelican Bay SHU
Suggested script for calls:
Your name, what city/state you live in
Melodic and serious, people demonstrating outside of CDCr sang and chanted together loudly: “I can hear the prisoners saying I CAN’T SLEEP. We are here to PROTEST and we won’t LEAVE. Calling out the Torture of the CDC. We ain’t gonna STOP until the prisoners can SLEEP! NO, we ain’t gonna STOP until the prisoners can SLEEP!”
A press release was read about 4 people attacked in their cells by guards, Nov 11 at Central CA Women’s Facility. Stacy Rojas and others were strip searched in front of male guards, physically abused, sexually harassed and denied water, food and restrooms for 11 hours.
THIS IS A HUMAN RIGHTS CRISIS!