Communication Management Unit
“Historically they’ve done this [kind of censorship] through ADX Supermax or control units,” Wright tells OZY. And Rachel
Prisoners in the units face strict restrictions on all forms of communication with the outside world, including a prohibition on all contact visits, and are segregated from other prisoners. After years of discovery, we were able to present to the district court a detailed and disturbing picture of who was being subjected to these restrictions, and how.
Only after the frantic efforts of his lawyers was McGowan released. His lawsuit over retaliation, filed in September, continues
For the first time, the Bureau of Prisons says that it may restrict letters, phone calls, and visits at the CMUs to immediate family members only, that it may give prisoners only six pieces of paper a week to write letters, and that prisoners may be restricted to as little as four hours of visits a month.
Over the past three decades, the U.S. prison population has quadrupled. This is in large part a result of the "war on drugs
Andy Stepanian, a former CMU inmate, talks with Josh about being held under incredibly high restrictions, as well as how he thinks he was more of a criminal than more than two-thirds of the men that were there.
Daniel McGowan, 39, served seven years in federal prison for arson connected with the Earth Liberation Front, four of them
Through discovery in my case, the federal government has finally been forced to hand over previously-unseen memoranda explaining why I was picked out to be transferred to an experimental segregation unit, opened under the Bush Administration.
In effect, the Communication Management Unit, in which I am serving a seven year sentence, was created on the fly, with no eye toward legality; they are free to operate it in whatever manner they choose.