[Ppnews] Take Action Against CMUs...Break the Silence

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Raise Your Voice Against the CMUs - Break the Silence on June 2, 2010


Join the Center for Constitutional Rights and 
submit your comments about the Communications 
Management Units to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.


  Raise your Voice against the CMUs:
Let’s Break the Silence Together on June 2nd

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) recently 
up a period for public comment around the 
establishment of 
Communications Management Units (CMUs), units 
designed to isolate and segregate certain 
prisoners in the federal prison system from the rest of the BOP population.

Please consider joining the Center for 
Constitutional Rights (CCR), along with concerned 
family members, civil rights & liberties groups, 
legal organizations, and community-based and 
religious groups as we collectively 
our comments to the BOP on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

We encourage you to emphasize the issues raised 
by the CMUs that matter most to you. In your 
comments, you might want to highlight one or more of the following issues:
    * Lack of due process at the CMU: None of the 
CMU prisoners have been told why they were 
designated to the CMU, or what evidence was used 
to make that decision.  They have received no 
hearing to challenge their CMU 
designation.  Likewise, there is no meaningful 
review process to earn their way out of the 
CMU.  This lack of transparency deprives 
prisoners of their due process rights.
    * Overrepresentation of Muslim and political 
prisoners at the CMU: Because there is no 
oversight procedure of who gets sent to the CMU 
and why, there has been an unchecked pattern of 
Muslim prisoners and politically active prisoners 
being sent to the CMU.  Somewhere between 65 and 
72% of prisoners at the CMU are Muslim. Others 
are, and have been, politically active.  Their 
designation to the CMU is both discriminatory and retaliatory.
    * Destructive effect of the CMU on families: 
The meager number of phone calls and visits that 
CMU prisoners receive, and the blanket ban on 
physical contact with loved ones – including 
children – during visits tears families apart and 
inflicts pointless suffering of the prisoners and their families alike.
    * Conditions at the CMU amount to cruel and 
unusual punishment: The isolation experienced by 
CMU prisoners, and the ways in which they are 
prevented from maintaining their family ties, is 
cruel and serves no legitimate purpose.

You can submit your comments online (visit: 
or through the mail. Please send concise comments.

If you submit comments via regular mail, please 
send them to the following address and include 
the following docket number in your correspondence:

Rules Unit, Office of General Counsel
Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street, NW.
Washington, DC 20534

Please consider submitting your comments by June 
2, 2010* and sending us a copy of your comments** 
as we’re hoping to collect these pieces to 
illustrate the depth of collective public outcry over the creation of the CMUs.

*The official deadline for comments is June 7, 2010.
**Please send copies via email to: 
<mailto:nzamani at ccrjustice.org>nzamani at ccrjustice.org 
or via regular mail to: Nahal Zamani, Center for 
Constitutional Rights, 666 Broadway, 7th floor, New York, NY 10012.

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