The lead-up to my recent re-arrest by the U.S. Marshals Service and subsequent illegal four-day detention — a detention that only ended after one of the nation’s most prestigious law firms threatened to go to a judge — began a week prior. On Thursday April 20, I walked in to the Volunteers of America halfway house in Hutchins, Texas, for my biweekly case manager meeting with Victoria Dean, a VOA staffer. In the course of our conversation, I noted that I was doing an interview with VICE the next day, and that PBS would be coming a week later. Dean asked me if I had checked with the Bureau of Prisons on that; I replied that I had not, as I was not required to do so. As I explained to her then, the Bureau of Prisons Program Statement on News Media Contacts is the relevant policy document; it does not give the …
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