A Typical Day For PFC Bradley
Manning at Fort Leavenworth
03 May 2011
Manning was transferred to the Joint Regional Corrections Facility (JRCF)
at Fort Leavenworth on April 20, 2011. I was able to tour the facility
and meet with PFC Manning last week. PFC Manning is now being held
in Medium Custody. He is no longer under Prevention of Injury watch and
is no longer subjected to harsh pretrial confinement conditions.
Unlike at Quantico, PFC Manning cell has a large window that provides
adequate natural light. His cell also has a desk, a bed, and a
toilet. The cell is approximately 80 square feet. He is provided with
a normal mattress, sheets and a pillow. None of his clothing is taken
away from him at night. PFC Manning is able to have all of his personal
items in his cell, which include his clothing, his legal materials,
books and letters from family and friends. He is also able to have a
pen and paper at all times in his cell, and is able to write whenever he
PFC Manning is housed in a special area of the confinement facility,
along with other pre-trial detainees. Each pre-trial area (including PFC
Manning’s) has four cells, and each pre-trial detainee is assigned to
his own cell. The cells are connected to a shared common area, with a
table, a treadmill, a television and a shower area. Click here in
order to see photos of the JRCF area.
A typical timeline for PFC Manning’s day (and those of all other
pre-trial detainees) follows:
At 04:50, PFC Manning is given a wake-up call. Over the next 10
minutes, he gets dressed, shaves, and begins to get ready for the day.
At 05:00, the lights come on and the door to his cell opens to the
common area. PFC Manning finishes getting ready and joins the two other
pre-trial detainees housed in his quarters in the common area.
At 05:15, PFC Manning and all the other pre-trial detainees are escorted
by one guard to the cafeteria. There are no restraints placed on any of
the pre-trial detainees. The cafeteria has multiple food selections, as
well as a full compliment of coffee, juice, milk and soda. PFC Manning
eats his breakfast together with the 6 other pre-trial detainees
currently at the JRCF. He and the other pre-trial detainees in his
quarters are then escorted back to the common area.
From 06:00-11:00, PFC Manning is permitted to watch television, sit in
the common area, talk to other detainees, use the treadmill, or use the
shower. At 11:00, the group is escorted back to the cafeteria for
lunch. After they finish lunch at 12:00, the group is brought back to
the common area where they remain for the next couple hours.
At 14:00, PFC Manning and his group are taken to the outdoor recreation
area. This area has several basketball courts, a quarter-mile running
track, weight machines, and a handball court.
After approximately two hours of outdoor recreation time, PFC Manning
and his group return to the common area. At 16:00, he along with the
others, are taken down to the cafeteria for dinner.
Immediately after dinner, PFC Manning is permitted to either go to the
library or to the indoor recreation area (both of which are outside the
common area of his cell quarters). PFC Manning is allowed to remain
there until approximately 18:30. He then returns to the common area of
his cell quarters, where is permitted to read, watch television,
socialize with others, etc.
At 22:00, PFC Manning goes into to his individual cell, and the doors to
his cell are locked for the night.
Weekends are considered “free time.” Unlike weekdays, PFC Manning is
allowed to sleep as much as he likes. Movies are also provided to
pre-trial detainees on weekends.
The JRCF permits visitors on Monday-Friday from 19:00-21:30 and on
weekends/holidays from 08:00-11:00 and from 13:00-16:00. As with
Quantico, only those who are on PFC Manning’s authorized list are
permitted to see him. Unlike Quantico, however, PFC Manning can receive
mail from anyone. Any mail sent to PFC Manning will be inspected prior
to him receiving it. He is permitted to keep up to 20 pieces of mail in
his cell; the remaining mail must be either destroyed or be packaged and
mailed to someone else. Correspondence can be sent to PFC Manning at
the following address:
Bradley Manning 89289
830 Sabalu Road
Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027-2315
Army Court-Martial Defense