The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is currently in the middle of a lawsuit that challenges the Bureau of Prisons over its lack of due process for prisoners who are placed into what CCR refers to as “experimental prison units.” CCR also is seeking to hold high-ranking Bush-era officials accountable for engaging in racial and religious profiling by rounding up and arresting Muslim, Arab or South Asian men in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.
Rachel Meeropol, a senior staff attorney for CCR, joins Rania Khalek and me on “Unauthorized Disclosure” this week to talk about developments in these lawsuits. Meeropol discusses CCR’s lawsuit against how prisoners are placed into what are called Communications Management Units (CMUs). They impose restrictive conditions and isolate and segregate certain prisoners from the general population.
As Meeropol explains, “Prisoners who end up in these units are predominantly Muslim as well as a lot of political prisoners and others who the Bureau of Prisons wants to silence,” such as people who are “jailhouse lawyers” and “prisoners who advocate for themselves and for other prisoners behind bars.” She particularly highlights what CCR is now able to share with the public about the policy based off documents that are no longer under a protective order