Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Daniel McGowan asks for help against proposed new regulations

Dear friends,

Below you will find an appeal from the Centre for Constitutional Rights
to make comments on the proposed new regulations for Communications
Management Units, which are a secretive and particularly punitive forms
of prison, where Daniel is currently serving his sentence. If the rules
for these Communications Management Units change it will greatly
diminish daniel's quality of life as well as all others housed there
and make it more or less impossible to visit him. Please read daniel's
appeal below and send your comments to influence this policy change by 7
June 2010. At the very bottom of this email is the appeal from CCR which
is organizing a day of comments tomorrow June 2, 2010.

More info at

Letter from Daniel:


It has just come to my attention that after two plus years, the Bureau
of Prisons has proposed rules regarding the unit I have been held in the
last 20 months-the Communication Management Unit or cmu. The way it
works is that the BoP proposes these rules publically and then accepts
public comments. I am asking that you weigh in on this important issue
and comment on the proposed rules.

I should say that if these rules pass, my life will change rather
dramatically for the worse. Whereas I currently have one phone call a
week, two visits (8 hours) a month and can receive and send unlimited
correspondence, the new rules would limit me to:

-one phone call a month-to a member of my immediate family

-one 3 page letter a week

-one hour of visiting a month.

While I can go on and on about these changes and why they are so
incredibly punitive, I'd rather not. They speak for themselves.

* You can read the rules online and comment at

* You will need the docket number in the subject line to do so. It is

*Comments are due by June 7, 2010 and should be civil and concise. There
is no need to send a super long letter.

* You can read the rules online also and send written comments to Rules
Unit, Office of General Counsel, Bureau of Prisons, 320 First Street NW,
Washington DC 20534.

I would very much appreciate if you could help me out with this. It
should not take more than 20 minutes.

Very gratefully yours,



Appeal from Center for Constitutional Rights:


*_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
R=0900006480ad11c7> 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?_*
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: or via
regular mail to: Nahal Zamani, Center for Constitutional Rights,
Broadway, 7th floor, New York, NY 10012./
/**The official deadline for comments is June 7, 2010, no later./

More info at

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