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Barrett Brown re-imprisoned for speaking to the press

Barrett Brown was re-arrested and taken into custody by Bureau of Prison officials today for speaking to the media. He is currently being detained at RRM Dallas. UPDATE: in an email to Reason, the BOP says that Barrett is now at FCI Seagoville in Texas.

Barrett’s mother provided this information earlier today:

Barrett was re-arrested during routine check-in this morning and is being transferred to a BOP facility that is unknown. He has not missed a check-in over the last five months of his early release. He has not failed any of the random drug tests administered. He has been on home confinement status since February and has been home each and every time they called the landline at 1:00 to 2:00 a.m. for “bed check.”

He believes this is only because of his refusal to get “permission” from crews to film and interview him. He has had many interviews since his early release, on November 29, both by phone and in person. Last week VICE had a group in to film him for two days, and he was scheduled to be interviewed tomorrow by a group working on a documentary for PBS.

Ms. Luz Lujan, his BOP contact, refused to provide him with copies of program statement rules saying this is a requirement during halfway house and/or home confinement status. The forms that they finally came up with yesterday, after he had been requesting documentation for the past two weeks, are forms offered to media when requesting a visit with an inmate in a federal prison setting.

There was never any mention of these rules during the past four months of his federally approved employment at D Magazine when he was working with media and involved with a range of interviews.

Back in November, Alex Winter and his crew filmed Barrett being transferred from prison to his halfway house for a short film called ‘Relatively Free’, and Barrett has given multiple film, radio and print interviews since, with no word of an issue from the BOP. The Freedom of the Press Foundation tweeted, “This is a ridiculous violation of free speech and he should be released immediately.”

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