The Judges in the EDNY and SDNY have worked with the MDC and MCC to establish procedures for telephonic court appearances; pretrial and probation interviews (including PSIs and interviews with inpatient and outpatient programs); and legal phone calls starting Monday, April 20, 2020.
The short version: telephonic court appearances will take place in the morning and legal phone calls and telephonic pretrial and probation interviews will take place in the afternoon. At the MDC, 6 non-court calls per floor will take place from 1-3:30. At the MCC, 4 non-court calls per unit will take place from 1-3:30. (And the facility may occasionally schedule a non-court call in the morning, when the schedule allows). The full explanation of the new protocol is attached.
Federal Defenders is coordinating the scheduling of all non-court calls. We have to get the schedule to the facility two days in advance, so please request your calls as far in advance as you are able. The limits on the number of calls per unit or floor will take some juggling, so you may not be able to get your call at your preferred time or your first requested date, but we will do our best. *the timing of the calls will not be precise -- we can ask the facility to do them in a certain order, but they are not going to guarantee that they happen at a certain time, just within the 1-3:30 time period.