CMUs/Prison Conditions

  • Pope Francis calls for ‘solution’ to Guantanamo Bay detention center

    CMUs/Prison Conditions December 15, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: Associated Press.The Vatican on Monday asked the U.S. to find an “adequate humanitarian solution” for prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, a reflection of Pope Francis’ vocal concern that prisoners be treated with dignity and not be subject to inhumane treatment. The Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, made the request during a Vatican meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

  • McCain prepared to help Obama close Guantanamo

    CMUs/Prison Conditions, General December 14, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: CNN. An unlikely ally is offering a glimmer of hope that President Barack Obama can make good on his vow to close Guantanamo Bay before leaving office. Republican Sen. John McCain, a fierce critic of Obama’s foreign policy, is about to take the chairmanship of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee. He says it’s still possible the war on terror camp in Cuba could be shut down — but warns that the administration will have to come up with a clear plan to overcome Republican opposition.


    CMUs/Prison Conditions November 23, 2014 at 0 comments

    The tragic story of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is mired in layers upon layers of cover-up – from the time she was targeted for a rendition operation (i.e., secret kidnapping, detention and torture) in her native Pakistan, based on nothing more than the “suspicion” of being a high ranking female functionary for al-Qaeda, to being brought back to the U.S. five years later (2008) and charged with “attempting to murder U.S. personnel” in Afghanistan.

  • A look inside the epidemic of youth solitary confinement…

    CMUs/Prison Conditions November 22, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: attn:. Solitary confinement is the practice in which prisoners are isolated in closed cells for 22-24 hours per day, virtually free of human contact for periods spanning days to weeks, and in some cases, years. Through clever euphemism, the isolating practice of locking someone in a tiny room with little to no interaction might seem innocuous, or more akin to rehabilitative care centers: “Security Housing Units” in California; “Intensive Management Units” in Oregon; “Restricted Housing Units” in Pennsylvania; “Communication Management Units” federally. But all sugarcoating aside, solitary is anything but harmless, especially for a growing population of younger inmates.

  • The Llife and mind of Mark DeFriest: new film captures Florida prisoner’s shocking ordeal behind bars

    Source: Democracy Now!. Mark DeFriest is known as the Houdini of Florida prisons because he has tried to escape 13 times — seven of them successfully. In 1979, DeFriest’s father died and left him a set of tools. He picked them up before they were probated. The teenager was arrested for stealing and sentenced to four years in prison. Thirty-four years later he is still there, having spent 27 of those years in solitary. An interview with Gabriel London, director of the new film about the case.

  • NCPCF to BOP: Either Provide Medical Treatment to Imam Jamil Al-Amin or Transfer Him

    As Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons it should concern you when a significant leader of the civil rights movement, who has always maintained his innocence is treated in such an abhorrent manner. Although Imam Al-Amin is being housed in a federal prison he is imprisoned on state charges and we strongly recommend that if you are unable or unwilling to provide proper medical treatment that you transfer Imam Al-Amin back to Georgia State Prison. Our organization seeks to ensure that these prisoners are treated humanely, and that their right to health and safety is protected.

  • Syed Hashmi: Inhumane Treatment of 6 Years in Solitary Confinement

    A new request here for all on this list to re-double your efforts in writing to Fahad as we are very concerned about him and his health. Even short notecards or postcards (and one idea is the app, postagram, which allows you to send a photo you have taken as a postcard). Fahad remains in solitary confinement out in Supermax in Florence, Colorado and we know that letters help those in solitary feel a sense of connection to their fellow human beings and not so desperately alone while our government continues to hold them in unconscionable conditions of confinement

  • Harsh New Restrictions Imposed on Muslim Cleric, Lawyers Say

    CMUs/Prison Conditions January 14, 2013 at 0 comments

    Source: NYT. Lawyers for a disabled Islamic preacher jailed in Manhattan said on Monday that the Federal Bureau of Prisons had recently imposed harsh new restrictions on their client, which have made it harder for him to prepare for his trial.

  • Rights Group: Ban Solitary Confinement of Youths

    CMUs/Prison Conditions October 10, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source: AP. Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said brief periods of isolation may be needed as a security measure. However, they contend that longer spans of solitary confinement can cause serious psychological and physical harm to young people, including heightened risk of suicide.

  • Inmate: Muslims treated unfairly at Cass County Jail

    CMUs/Prison Conditions September 2, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source: InForum. Denying one inmate’s claims of discrimination, the Cass County Jail supervisor said the facility makes “every effort that we can reasonably make” to accommodate Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan. Tyrone Jones, a 33-year-old Fargo man being held in the jail on charges of burglary, simple assault and violation of a protection order, recently sent a letter to The Forum claiming that Muslim inmates were being treated unfairly in their attempts to practice their religion through prayer and observe Ramadan through fasting during daylight hours.