Emergency Action Alert! Sleep Deprivation continues

Imagine being awakened every 30 min for over 6 months

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artwork by Todd (Hyung Rae) Tarselli

 

Sleep deprivation torture in Pelican Bay SHU (solitary) has been happening since August 2, 2015

The negative health consequences of inadequate sleep ha[ve] been extensively documented and nowhere in the literature is there a report on as severe a disruption in sleep as is occurring in the Pelican Bay SHU.”

–Dr. Jamie Zeitzer, internationally recognized sleep expert, 10/25/15

 

Since August 2, 2015 prisoners in solitary have been subjected to jarringly loud noise 40+ times day & night:

  • reverberating noise of the steel doors to units opening and slamming closed,
  • stomping of guards through the pods, up and down the stairs,
  • rattling of keys and chains,
  • banging Guard One metal pipes on the cells,
  • beeping of Guard One metal pipes on metal buttons,
  • guards shining their flashlights into the prisoners’ eyes.

These so called “welfare checks” serve no welfare or security purpose; they only harm the prisoners, mentally and physically. 

Call to demand a STOP to the “checks” in Pelican Bay SHU:

  • CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary’s Office (Scott Kernan): 916-323-6001
  • Kelly Harrington, CDCR Director of Adult Divisions: 916-445-7688
  • Senator Loni Hancock, Senate Public Safety Comm. Chair: 916-651-4009
  • Assembly Member Bill Quirk, Assembly Public Safety Comm. Chair: 916-319-2020
  • Governor Jerry Brown: 916-445-2841

Suggested script for calls:
Give your name, city, and state. Tell them all: 
“Stop the so-called “security/welfare” checks in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison. Sleep deprivation is torture.”

⇒Click this link from Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) to email  state elected officials to oppose the “security/welfare” checks: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51040/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17680

⇒Organizations and prominent persons, please write a statement condemning the sleep deprivation torture of prisoners. Send to Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Outreach phssreachingout@gmail.com and kohenet@sbcglobal.net

Sleep Dep Is Torture

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