Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants

 

Federal Prison Chapter

 

A National Effort to Reduce Crime
Through Federal Criminal Justice Reform

 

 

Federal CURE, Inc.
P.O. Box 15667
Plantation, Florida

33318-5667

 

 E-mail: information@FedCURE.org
e-Fax:  (408) 549-8935

Web site:   www.FedCURE.org  
 

 

 

Chairman of the Board

 

Kenny H. Linn, J.D., L.L.M.

 

Executive Director

Office Vacant

 

Board of Directors

 

Mark A. Varca, J.D.

Chief Information Officer

 

Elizabeth Alexander, J.D.

Paula Eyre

Jana V. Jay, J.D.

Rev. Alan Laird

Sylvia McAfee

John McCarty

Justine C. McCarty

Daniel S. Murphy, Ph. D.

Fred M. Mosely, J.D., L.L.M.

Stephen C. Richards, Ph. D.

Mike Shryock, M.Ed.

 

National CURE

 

Charles & Pauline Sullivan

Co-Directors

 

Public Official Sponsors

 

Senators

 

Daniel K. Akaka (HI)

Tom Harkin (IA)

James M. Jeffords (VT)

 

Congressmen

 

Howard L. Berman  (CA)

William L. Clay (MO)

Bob Clement (D) TN

John Conyers, Jr. (MI)

Lane Evans (IL)

Martin Frost (TX)

Sheila Jackson-Lee(TX)

John Lewis (GA)

James P. Moran, Jr. (VA)

Charles B. Rangel (NY)

Martin O. Sabo (MN)

Robert Scott (VA)

Louise M. Slaughter (NY)

Fortney "Pete" Stark (CA)

Mel Watt (NC)

 

November 30, 2004

 

Mr. Harley G. Lappin, Director

Bureau of Prisons

320 First St., NW

Washington DC 20534

 

Dear Mr. Lappin:

 

On June 9th of this year, I met with you and your staff and presented four major issues that we at FedCure thought should be brought to your attention.

 

The first issue was medical complaints and how best to deal with them.  I am pleased to report that I have a good working relationship with my medical liaison in Central Office and we have been able to allay most of the fears brought to me by friends and families of inmates and we are reasonably able to stay on top of medical emergencies.

 

The second issue was the use of the ion spectrometers at visiting and what could be done to limit false positives and the result of limited visitor access.  This is the response to my latest request last week for initiation of a policy in this area: 

 

We are on schedule as previously indicated.  The policy has been negotiated with union officials and we are trying to finalize things.  I appreciate your patience and hope to have something out to the field soon.

 

The third request was to terminate the unwritten policy of keeping USP inmates in SHU for inordinate periods of time without the ability to transfer or return to the Compound even though they have not been charged with a disciplinary violation or their time is up.  This is the response I got when I questioned the unwritten policy: 

 

As explained to you at the meeting with the Director and by follow-up with ……, we do have a policy regarding the Special Housing Units. 

 

This is not the case and I believe you were surprised when I told you that inmates who were not trying to manipulate transfers were being kept in SHU for years with no justification and contrary to existing policy.  The SHUs are overflowing and there are many inmates that have been left there for years and are invariably lost after such long periods of time.  My understanding was that a new national policy statement would be forthcoming to update an expired ops memo, which itself did not permit this practice and I respectfully request that one be issued.

 

 

The fourth request was to allow visitor processing to begin at the 8:00 AM shift change, so that on the weekends the visitors, many of whom had been lined up for hours, would not have to wait for count clearance and lose half a day’s worth of visiting.  Although you and your staff agreed that theoretically this seemed to be a good idea have seen no change in policy.

 

I would appreciate your review of my letter and comments above and request a response so we can keep our constituency informed. 

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Very truly yours,

 

 

Kenneth Linn, J.D., LL.M.

Chairman, FedCure

 

  

 

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