He was punished for writing about a secretive prison where he spent years in isolation.
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.
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.
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.