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This study will investigate the extent to which people are able to get adequate sleep while in prison, and the implications of lack of sleep/chronic sleep deprivation on individual physical, psychological and emotional health and on institutional safety and stability. It will also investigate the obstacles to adequate sleep experienced by corrections staff, and the negative health and safety effects of chronic sleep deprivation for corrections staff and for prison safety more generally.
Participants will be asked to participate in a zoom interview, estimated to take 90-120 minutes. As a token of thanks to those who participate, participants will receive a $30 gift card.
Participation in this study is entirely voluntary. All contents of the interviews will be kept entirely confidential. Interviews will be recorded for transcription purposes only and no personal identifying information will be retained.

Eligibility Criteria
As part of this study, we are seeking to conduct interviews with two groups of study participants:
Formerly incarcerated people: We are hoping to interview people who have done time in prison and who are willing to discuss their experiences of sleeping/trying to sleep while incarcerated, the obstacles to getting adequate sleep, and the implications of their experience for themselves and for the facilities in which they were housed. We seek participants with a wide range of experience in terms of the state in which they were incarcerated, security level, type of housing inside (eg/ cell/dorm/solitary), and men’s/women’s facilities. If you fall into this category and wish to participate, please fill out this form and someone will contact you.

Formerly incarcerated people with a sleep apnea diagnosis, who used/tried to use a CPAP while in custody: We are hoping to interview people with sleep apnea who used or tried to use a CPAP device while in prison or jail about that experience, about other things that may have made it hard to get a good sleep inside, and about the ways not getting enough sleep may have affected their safety while inside. If you fall into this category and wish to participate, please fill out this form and someone will contact you.

If you have any questions or are interested in participating or learning more,
We can be reached at 310-206-5568 or*
*Please note that we cannot ensure the confidentiality of email communication to set up an interview.
If you have questions about your rights as a research subject, or you have concerns or suggestions and you want to talk to someone other than the researchers, you may contact the UCLA Office of Human Research Protection Program
by phone: (310) 206-2040,
by email:,
or by mail: Box 951406, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1406

Study on sleep in prison/jail seeking participants for 60-120 min interviews. If you have done time and are willing to talk about your experience of sleeping/not sleeping/trying to sleep while inside, please fill out this form! Questions?
Email (formerly incarcerated participants):
I am launching a study on sleep in prisons and jails. I’m interested in interviewing people who are formerly incarcerated about their experiences of sleeping/trying to sleep while in custody and about their sense of the toll insufficient sleep took on the safety of the institution and the health of the people inside. The interviews will take between 1 and 2 hours. People who are interviewed will receive $75 on completion of the interview. I’m hoping to get a diverse pool in terms of race, gender, state of incarceration, security level and type of housing (cell/dorm/solitary). If you know any qualifying person who might be interested in participating, I’d be grateful if you would forward this message to them and ask them to fill out this form. They can direct any questions to me at this address:

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The mission of OREGON CURE is to reduce crime by advocating for effective criminal justice policies, procedures and programs.


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