Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Please join us on Wednesday, December 8th 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.”
WHAT: “Experiments in Social Isolation” Panel on Communications Management Units
WHERE: Henry Ford Centennial Library – 16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI
WHEN: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHO: Lena F. Masri, Esq., Council on American Islamic Relations - Michigan Chapter; Alexis Agathocleous and Nahal Zamani, CCR; Reem Jayyousi, family member of CMU prisoner and Shereef Akeel, Akeel & Valentine, PLC.
Co-Sponsored by: Center for Constitutional Rights, Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice, the Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan Chapter, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee – Michigan, Prisoners' Rights Organization of Students - University of Michigan Law School, Muslim Law Students Association - University of Michigan Law School and the Arab American News.
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.