phone restrictions in federal prison
300 minutes per month
Federal prisoners were notified on February
27th that, as of April 1, 2001, phone calls will be limited to
300 minutes per month.
Overcrowded, the Federal Bureau of Prisons must house prisoners
far from their homes. Visits are expensive and usually infrequent.
For many of us, a phone call is the only consistent, personal
contact we have with our imprisoned loved ones. For small children,
hearing mommy or daddy's voice is much more satisfying than reading
them a letter, though letters are part of our family relationships,
We are mounting a campaign to stop this restriction. Regional
Leaders are researching what can be done, and to whom we direct
correspondence and phone calls to.
Correctional Programs Division Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20534
The phone number to Public Affairs is: 202-514-6537; the address
the same as above. We apologize that we cannot give you a name
to direct your letters to, but each time we call various offices
of the BOP, we are told that our letters should be directed elsewhere.
Write a letter to the Correctional Programs Division Office,
explaining that family relationships will further deteriorate
if contact with our loved ones are restricted to 300 minutes
a month. You know your personal family situation, please relate
your personal concerns to the BOP.
You may want to remind them that pursuant to Washington v. Reno,
35 F.3d 1093, 1994, The Supreme Count has recognized that "prison
walls do not form a barrier separating prison inmates from the
protections of the Constitution," Turner v. Safley, 482
U.S.  at 84 [107S.Ct.2254, 96L.Ed.2d 64 (1987)]. . ., nor
do they bar free citizens from exercising their own constitutional
rights by reaching out to those on the 'inside," in fact,
federal court opinions have previously held that persons incarcerated
in penal institutions retain their First Amendment rights to
communicate with family and friends, Morgan v. LaVallee, 526
F.2d 221.225 (2dCir.1975), and have recognized that "there
is no legitimate governmental purpose to be attained by not allowing
reasonable access to the telephone, and . . . such use is protected
by the First Amendment." Johnson v. Galli, 596 F.Supp. 135.
Also, pursuant to Policy Statement 5264.06,
Program Objectives. The expected results of this program are:
a. All inmates will be afforded the opportunity to maintain family
and communities ties.
e. Bureau telephone policy and procedures will comply with the
terms of a settlement approved by the U.S. District Court in
a nationwide federal prisoner class action, Washington v. Reno,
Nos. 93-217, 93-290 (E.D.K.Y.)
Finally, pursuant to 12 Institution Supplement,
(c) of Policy Statement 5264.06 states "the maximum length
of telephone calls is ordinarily 15 minutes."
Be respectful, but firm and resolved to address this matter diligently.
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