Media Advisory: Emergency Statewide Convergence in Sacramento to Protest Sleep Deprivation of Prisoners

Media Advisory – Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Press Contact: 
Mohamed Shehk,
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition


What:         Rally and mobilization against continued torture of solitary prisoners through sleep     deprivation

Activists, community members, and prisoner advocates from across California will be converging in Sacramento at the CA Department of Corrections for an emergency protest to condemn CA prison guards’ continued sleep deprivation of prisoners in solitary. Monday, Nov. 30 will mark 119 days since guards began depriving prisoners of sleep, a practice that is internationally defined and condemned as torture.


Who:          Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS)

PHSS is a statewide coalition that includes California Families Against Solitary Confinement, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Critical Resistance, California Prison Focus, American Friends Service Committee, Prisoner Activist Resource Center and many other organizations and individuals who work against imprisonment and solitary confinement.


When:        Monday, Nov 30, 2015
                  10am to 2pm                 


Where:       California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
                  1515 S St, Sacramento, CA 95811


Why:          Prisoners in solitary are subjected to sleep deprivation through loud checks 48 times a day

People in solitary confinement have been loudly awakened by guards every 30 minutes 24/7 since the night of August 2nd. The sleep deprivation is carried out by what guards call “security/welfare checks,” done in the Pelican Bay SHU and other solitary units in CA prisons. For people in solitary cells 23-24 hours a day, the noise and disruption every 30 minutes, 48 times a day is a continual deprivation of sleep, defined as torture by the Geneva Conventions. Prisoners report experiencing severe stress, weight loss, dizziness, nausea, headaches, eye problems, stomach and bowel problems, faintness, depression, an inability to read or concentrate, and sped-up heart rates as a result.


Mohamed Shehk

Media and Communications Director

Critical Resistance
1904 Franklin St, Suite 504
Oakland, CA 94612