CMUs/Prison Conditions

  • 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.

     
  • Prison Chief’s Unnerving Suicide-Prevention Memo: ‘I Want You To Succeed’

    CMUs/Prison Conditions August 31, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source: The Atlantic. Faced with two new federal lawsuits alleging prisoner mistreatment and abuse, one of which chronicles in grim detail the 2010 suicide of an inmate at the Supermax facility in Colorado, the Federal Bureau of Prisons last month sent an extraordinary “Suicide Prevention” memo to “all Bureau Inmates.” Charles E. Samuels, Jr., director of the BOP, urged prisoners “unable to think of solutions other than suicide” not to “lose hope” and urged them to “be willing to request help from those around you.”

     
  • Judge Deciding US-Born Taliban Fighter’s Lawsuit

    CMUs/Prison Conditions August 30, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source: AP. John Walker Lindh, who is serving a 20-year sentence for aiding the Taliban during the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, argues that the high-security prison’s policy barring such congregate rituals violates his and other Muslim inmates’ rights. His lawsuit cites a 1993 law that bans the government from curtailing religious speech without showing a compelling interest.

     
  • Ind. prison officials: Allowing Taliban fighter daily group prayer in prison dangerous, unfair

    CMUs/Prison Conditions August 30, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source: AP. Allowing convicted Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh and other Muslim inmates to pray daily in a group at their Indiana prison would be dangerous, unaffordable and unfair to other inmates, prison officials said Thursday during a trial in Lindh’s lawsuit that alleges his religious rights are being violated. Lindh, who is serving a 20-year sentence for aiding the Taliban during the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, argues that the high-security prison’s policy barring such congregate rituals violates his and other Muslim inmates’ rights. His lawsuit cites a 1993 law that bans the government from curtailing religious speech without showing a compelling interest.

     
  • American Taliban testifies against prison ban on prayer

    CMUs/Prison Conditions August 29, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source: USA Today. American-born Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh testified Monday that the U.S. government is forcing him to sin by denying his federally protected right to religious expression. Lindh, who is serving a 20-year sentence for conspiring to kill Americans and aiding Afghanistan’s Taliban government, said it’s “absurd” that he and other Muslims housed in a highly restricted federal prison are prohibited from praying together daily.

     
  • John Walker Lindh, American Taliban Fighter, Battles Prison Prayer Rule

    CMUs/Prison Conditions August 27, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source: Huffington Post. American-born Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh says a federal prison rule barring him and other Muslims from praying together daily is “absurd” and contends the U.S. is causing him to sin against his religion by prohibiting such gatherings in the name of security.