As of today, the federal Bureau of Prisons announced that Special Management Units have a two year limit for inmates with most of them being transferred out after one year. Dave Sprout, a paralegal with the Lewisburg Prison Project, believes this announcement is a step in the right direction in regards to the treatment of the prisoners. Karen Morin, a Bucknell professor who has studied the Lewisburg penitentiary, agrees that the previous treatment of inmates at SMUs does nothing to improve their mental illnesses.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons is making changes to the way it operates Special Management Units (SMU) at facilities across the nation, including the penitentiary located in Lewisburg. SMUs are special prisons designed to rehabilitate the most violent and disruptive inmates through a three-phase program. According to Dave Sprout, a paralegal at Lewisburg Prison Project, the changes are a step in the right direction in addressing some of the problems raised to awareness by the inmate advocacy group.