NYT Details Tsarnaev’s Time in Prison

Tamerlan Tsarnaev (right, in dark hat) and Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev(left, in white hat) at the Boston marathon route in 2013.
A photo of the Tsarnaev brothers at the 2013 Boston Marathon, taken about 10 to 20 minutes before the bombing. (AP Photo/Bob Leonard) –Bob Leonard/AP

An article in Tuesday’s New York Times details the prison life of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, revealing he has limited contact with the outside world and is confined to only short periods of outdoor activity with no access to television or radio.

The 20-year-old suspect is being held in Federal Medical Center in Devens, Mass., where he faces special administrative restrictions reserved for terrorism suspects, some of which have been criticized by both his lawyers and other civil liberties advocates.

The New York Times reports:

The restrictions are reserved for inmates considered to pose the greatest threat to others -- even though, privately, federal officials say there is little of substance to suggest that Mr. Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan were anything but isolated, home-grown terrorists. A court order bars his legal advisers and family from disclosing anything he has told or written them.


At their root, Mr. Leone said, the measures aim to prevent suspected terrorists from hatching more plots from their cells.

"Part of the reasoning is the tradecraft of terrorists, in that they recruit others," he said. "They use many different forms of communications with others to try to compromise security."

But, for all the hardship, Tsarnaev told his parents in Dagestan last May that “everything is good,’’ noting his meals consist of largely chicken and rice.

He even had $1,000 deposited into a bank account set up by supporters on his behalf – some of whom have become self-appointed pen pals of the accused mass-murderer:

Crystel Clary, a single mother in Wisconsin who turns 35 on Tuesday, is one of them. She says she has written Mr. Tsarnaev 10 times beginning a month after the April 15 bombing, offering moral support and news tidbits about such things as Eminem's latest album and new movies. Prison authorities returned birthday and Valentine's Day cards, she said, stating that she is not approved to write to Mr. Tsarnaev.


"You can tell he didn't do it," she said. "There is too much suspicious stuff going on in this case."

You can read the full article here.


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