[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:
Lets Break the Silence Together on June 2nd
The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) recently
up a period for public comment around the
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:
BOP DOCKET #1148-P COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT UNITS
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 were 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.
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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