2009 post by Daniel McGowan on USP Marion’s Communication Management Unit (CMU)
BY DANIEL MCGOWAN
As of May 2009, I have been at USP Marion’s “Communication Management Unit” or CMU, for roughly nine months and now is a good time to address the misconceptions (and the silence) regarding this unit. I want to offer a snapshot of my day-to-day life here as well as some analysis of what the existence of CMUs in the federal prison system implies (1). It is my hope that this article will partially fill the void of information that exists concerning the CMU, will help dispel rumors, and will inspire you to support those of us on the inside fighting the existence of these isolation units— in the courts and in the realm of public opinion.
It is best to start from the beginning— or at least where my story and the CMU meet. My transfer here is no different from that of many of…
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