El Chapo could be finding religion in jail.
The feds have said they will arrange for a Bureau of Prisons chaplain to visit Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman in his lower Manhattan jail, according to paperwork filed Tuesday.
But that is not good enough for the drug kingpin. His lawyer said Guzman, 60, wants to meet “with a religious person familiar to him and who speaks his own language, rather than a stranger.”
The attorney said he’d send the feds some names for review and order a bible for Guzman.
Conditions at the Metropolitan Correctional Center where the cartel czar has been held since his extradition in January have been the subject of ongoing gripes.
On Tuesday, Guzman’s lawyer argued that his client “has been effectively incommunicado” in the last nine months. His wife has been denied visits and his sister got one short visit — but the feds later voided her visa for return trips.
Prosecutors said jail rules allow for monitored calls with approved immediate family, but authorities needed names and phone numbers. Guzman hasn’t provided the information, they said. If the contact is greenlighted, prosecutors said Guzman could make his two 15-minute, or one 30-minute, monthly calls.
His lawyer is pushing for 60 minutes of family talk time — which, he argued, was relatively “insignificant” seeing that Guzman’s been cut off from the world. Late last month, a magistrate judge recommended prison authorities find a way that Guzman meet in the same room with his lawyers without any plexiglass divider. Judge Brian Cogan still has to decide if he’ll endorse the idea.