I 'Got Snatched': Daniel McGowan's Bizarre Trip Through America's Prison System

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Huffington Post

September, 2013
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According to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of a number of prisoners, the CMUs are analogous to solitary confinement -- an "experiment in social isolation" that allows corrections officials to retaliate against what they view as bad behavior, even if it is protected by the First Amendment. By classifying the CMUs as simply a way to monitor inmates, rather than as a punishment, the Bureau of Prisons has sidestepped the knotty issue of due process rights.

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