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SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Alameda County jail officials are exposing women inmates to mental and physical illness and potentially harming their pregnancies by depriving them of sleep, three female inmates claim in a federal class action filed in San Francisco on Monday.

Suing on behalf of women incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, California, lead plaintiffs Tikisha Upshaw, Tyreka Stewart and Andrea Hernandez claim inmates there are forced to awaken almost hourly for safety checks, pill calls and employee training, in violation of constitutional guarantees against the use of cruel and unusual punishment.

All pre-trial detainees, the three women claim the jail’s sleep practices have impaired their memory and speech, contributed to the development of depression and anxiety and compromised their immune systems.

Source: Class Action Claims Women Inmates Exposed to ‘Severe’ Sleep Deprivation