Please join us tomorrow night for an exciting and informative panel on “Experiments in Social Isolation: Communications Managements Units and the Expansion of Unconstitutional Detention Policies in the post-9/11 Federal Prison System.” For more information, click on the Center for Constitutional Rights website here.
WHAT: “Experiments in Social Isolation” Panel on Communications Management Units
WHERE: The Unitarian Community Church of New York City – 40 East 35th Street (6-train to 33rd Street, BDFMNQR-trains to 34th Street) Map: http://tiny.cc/svas0
WHEN: Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 pm
WHO: Jenny Synan (Daniel McGowan's wife) and Noor Elashi, family members of a CMU
prisoner; CCR Staff Attorneys Alexis Agathocleous and Rachel Meeropol; CCR Education and Outreach Associate Nahal Zamani
Sponsored by: South Asian Americans Leading Together; The Arab American Association of New York; Support Daniel McGowan; and CUNY Law School National Lawyers Guild Chapter.
The Bureau of Prisons claims that CMUs are designed to hold dangerous terrorists and
other high-risk inmates, requiring heightened monitoring of their external and internal communications. Many prisoners, however, are sent to these isolation units for their constitutionally protected religious beliefs, unpopular political views, or in retaliation for challenging poor treatment or other rights violations in the federal prison system. Unlike other prisoners in the federal system, CMU prisoners are categorically denied any physical contact with family members and are forbidden from hugging, touching or embracing their children, spouses or loved ones during visits. The CMUs are an experiment in social isolation.
We hope to see you there.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010