RAISE YOUR VOICE AGAINST THE CMU - BREAK THE SILENCE ON JUNE 2, 2010!
What’s the latest?
In March 2010, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a federal lawsuit challenging the policies and conditions of two Communications Management Units (CMUs) on behalf of prisoners and their family members.
Just several weeks ago, after more than three years without public comment and accountability, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has proposed rules regarding the CMU.
The BOP released their new proposed rules and the public (that means you, your friends, anyone) is able to submit comments (your thoughts and opinions) for a 90-day period.
What can you do?
SUBMIT COMMENTS!! GO HERE FOR INFO: http://www.ccrjustice.org/cmu-comments
Please weigh in on this important issue and comment on these incredibly troubling and punitive proposed rules.
There is no need to send a very long letter. Comments can be submitted online or via snail mail*. We strongly encourage civil rights & liberties groups, legal organizations, and community and faith-based groups to comment, as well as individuals.
Please consider joining CCR as they collectively submit comments to the BOP on Wednesday, June 2, 2010**.
*Please send copies via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular mail to: Nahal Zamani, Center for Constitutional Rights, 666 Broadway, 7th floor, New York, NY 10012.
**The official deadline for comments is June 7, 2010, no later.
CMU Rules at a Glance: Past, Present and Proposed Future
|CMU: 2006 - 2009||CMU: 2010 - present||
BOP Proposed Rule: CMU: 2010 - future
Two (2) visits (4 hours total) a month, no contact at all, visits behind glass, weekdays during the hours of 8:30am-2:30pm, no weekends or holidays.
|Two (2) visits (8 hours total) a month, no contact at all, visits behind glass, Monday-Friday, Sunday during the hours of 8:30-2:30pm.||One (1) hour of visiting a month, behind glass, limited to immediate family members.|
|Phone:||One (1) 15-minute phone call a week, weekdays during the hours of 8:30am-2:30pm, no weekends or holidays, limited to approved persons.||
Two (2) 15-minute phone calls a week, evening times allowed, limited to approved persons.
|One (1) phone call a month, limited to immediate family members only.|
|Mail:||receive and send unlimited correspondence (up to 20 pages per envelope).||receive and send unlimited correspondence (up to 20 pages per envelope).||
One (1) 3-page letter a week, to and from a single recipient at the discretion of the Warden.
How do the rules at the CMUs compare to the rest of the Federal prison system, including maxium security level institutions?
Here are visit, phone and mail rules for the general population of a high (maximum) security prison in within the BOP.
(information based on - USP Tucson information from the BOP website)
Visits: in visiting room together, contact visits (able to embrace/kiss hello and goodbye, hold hands for duration of visit), Friday 5-9pm, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 8:15am-3pm.
Phone: 300 minutes a month used at inmate's discretion, day and evening hours, 7 days a week.
Mail: receive and send unlimited correspondence.