Change means California prison inmates could get more sleep

by DON THOMPSON / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  published on December 26, 2015

FILE -- In this Aug. 17, 2011 file photo, correctional officers keep watch on imates on the recreation yard at Pelican Bay State Prison near Crescent City, Calif. The new prison realignment law that shifts lower-level offenders to county jails to save money and reduce state prison crowding has resulted in layoff warnings being sent to 26,000 guard, janitors, cooks, records clerks and correctional counselors in the state prison system.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

SACRAMENTO – Some of California’s most dangerous inmates could be getting more sleep under an agreement announced Thursday that requires guards to hold down the noise.

Dozens of prisoners complained that they were being kept awake around the clock by overnight welfare checks every half-hour.

Under the agreement between attorneys representing inmates and the state, guards in Pelican Bay State Prison’s notorious security housing unit will conduct the checks half as often between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. to minimize the clanging of metal doors.

Guards are even handing out earplugs to help inmates rest.

  • used_to_be_a_liberal

    If you think this is outrageous type into your search window, prisons in the Netherlands They are shutting down 19 prisons due to low crime rates, a redefining of just who goes to prison and who doesn’t, and why. It is an eye opener, whether you agree or not, it is worth taking a look at, food for thought.

  • billwhit

    My God, what has our Nation come to, when convicted criminal scum can start whining about Prison Security and get it changed! I worked for the Fed BOP system and we used to do Count every shift change and once, during the night, about 3am or so. They don’t want their sleep disturbed, then don’t be a criminal!

  • reagangs

    Awwww ….. poor babies, too much noise for nap/sleepy time. Too bad, so sad. GET OVER IT YOU PATHETIC IDIOTS. PRISON ISN’T SUPPOSE TO BE LIKE THE COUNTRY CLUB. IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, SUCK IT UP. YOU “MADE YOUR BED, NOW, SLEEP IN IT”. Thank about it real hard when you get out.

  • Kaitlyn Thomas

    LOL So its come down to this. Who cares if their getting enough sleep they shouldn’t be in prison.

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