[Ppnews] Put an End to Experimental Federal Prison Units
Political Prisoner News
ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Thu Jun 3 12:47:05 EDT 2010
This week, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
comments to the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) on behalf of
prisoners housed in two experimental prison units. The Communications
Management Units (CMUs) were designed to isolate and segregate
certain prisoners in the federal prison system and they are located
in Indiana and Illinois. The Center is working in coalition with CMU
prisoners, their family members and friends, civil rights and civil
liberties groups, legal providers, psychologists, former prison
wardens, environmental advocacy organizations, criminal defense
attorneys and community and faith-based organizations to urge the BOP
to close the CMUs. In March, CCR filed a federal lawsuit challenging
the unconstitutional nature of the units.
et al. v. Holder, et al.
The majority of CMU prisoners are Muslim, and other prisoners include
those with "unpopular" political views, such as environmental
activists. These prisoners' communications with family, friends and
the outside world are severely limited, and they are also cruelly
deprived of physical contact with loved ones during the few visits
they do receive. CMU prisoners are singled out for harsh treatment
without any disclosure of the BOP's reasons and without due process -
a clear example of abuse of power, retaliation and racial and
Video screenshot of Noor El Ashi interview
Noor Elashi, daughter of a man being held in isolation in a CMU
(Communications Management Unit), speaks about the difficult and
unfair circumstances of her father's treatment.
While the BOP secretly created the CMUs in 2006 and 2008, it has only
just now opened up a period for comments from the public - as
required by law. The deadline to submit public comments is Monday,
June 7, 2010.
time is now to stand for justice and oppose the CMUs. Tell the BOP to
stop isolating prisoners in experimental units today.
Director of Education and Outreach
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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