California prisoners in solitary confinement continue to be sleep-deprived due to jarringly noisy “security/welfare checks” 40-48 times a day.
The ‘checks’ are particularly loud and distressing for people in Central CA Women’s Facility (CCWF) Administrative Segregation death row, due to guard aggressiveness, and in Pelican Bay State Prison Security Housing Unit (PB SHU) where cramped, concrete architecture also amplifies the noise.
Demand a STOP to Sleep Deprivation Torture
in CA Solitary Units
Please make calls (#’s below) and click here to send emails opposing the “security/welfare checks” that are causing sleep deprivation in Pelican Bay SHU and CA Women’s death row. Sleep Deprivation is Torture. Stand with prisoners and their families to demand an end to this torture. We ask that you distribute this flier at your actions. We want to have a big call-in and email day on Monday, April 25th!
Email: Click here http://tinyurl.com/ztjcos3 to tell state officials to STOP the “security/welfare checks!”
- CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary
Scott Kernan: 916-323-6001
- CDCR Director of Adult Divisions: 916-445-7688
- Senator Loni Hancock, Senate Public Safety Committee Chair:
- Assembly Member Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Assembly Public Safety Committee Chair: 916-319-2059
- Governor Jerry Brown: 916-445-2841
Suggested script for calls: Your name, city, state. “Please stop the so-called ‘security/welfare checks’ in the SHU at Pelican Bay State Prison and in women’s death row. The ‘checks’ are causing sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation is torture.”
“… they’re killing us with these Guard One/Welfare Checks. … I don’t know what to do? We really are suffering right now and I can assure you that this is worse than the hunger strikes.” – PB SHU prisoner Oct 2015
“This is torture. We are being emotionally, mentally and physically battered by the security checks throughout the nights.” – 20 death row prisoners in Central CA Women’s Facility
40-48 times a day, these ‘checks’ are subjecting people in small solitary cells to: