Yesterday, the CMU inmates were notified by the Unit Manager that sending simple greeting to any family
members or friends through other family members or third party will be considered a violation of the CMU rules
and a disciplinary action will be taken against the inmate.
Now, we [are] prohibited from sending greeting to our family members. Its not enough that we are deprived of contact visits with our family and friends and we [are] deprived of video-conference visits with our families who live overseas and lack all means and funds to visit with us and its not enough that written letters from family and friends may take weeks or months before it released to us, the new restriction also deprive us of even sending a simple greeting to our brothers, sisters and children!!. Most of us, receive no visits at all. For more than “20″ years, I received no visit from my dad, my sisters and other family members who live in Jerusalem and lack all means to travel to the United States and all my requests for a visit via the available video-conference systems were denied. A 15 minute telephone call cost approx. $15 and now [I] can’t even send greeting to another family member during the limited the “15″ minutes call!!.
Even the so-called out-law governments allows inmates contact visits with their families, allows inmates to freely send greeting to others, allows inmates to have video-conference visits with their childerns, brothers, sisters, parents, and others, allow the Red-Cross and other human rights organizations to monitor the conditions of confinement in their prisons … etc.
I hope this e-mail finds [you] in the best health and spirits and thank you once again for working hard to protect the rights of prisoners.
Ahmad M. Ajaj
Marion, IL 62959