Brandon, my former cellie, returned on Friday night after being away for 2 1/2 months to testify. Coincidentally, another guy from our unit was sent to Texas to testify at the exact same time as Brandon. He also returned on Friday via the U.S Marshall Service inmate transport system. Their stories are nearly identical. Both were put through a lot of aggravation and grief. This is Brandon’s story of inmate transport to testify for the Department of Justice.
The government wanted Brandon to testify in Oakland against someone in a totally different case than his. He was supposed to leave the camp and get on “Con Air” for the air transit hub in Oklahoma. The plane got mechanical problems in Atlanta so it didn’t make it to Raleigh. The BOP put them in the hole until the plane could make it here.
Brandon was shackled for the entire trip and had to wear an orange jumpsuit. The Marshall Service did not allow the inmates to use the bathroom until they got to Oklahoma City. He spent a few weeks at the Oklahoma transit hub, and then was sent to Las Vegas. Brandon spent two weeks in Las Vegas before being transferred to the Oakland County jail. He stayed there while he was waiting to meet with the AUSA.
Brandon met with the AUSA and agreed to look at some documents. He asked the AUSA for a Rule 35b (sentence reduction) for his trouble and cooperation. The AUSA refused so he said that he had nothing else to say. That ended that.
Essentially, he did the entire trip back in reverse to Butner. His beard is real long, and he has lost a lot of weight. He didn’t get much sun or time outside for the entire two months. Brandon said that the food was really bad; worse than Butner if that is possible. He is happy to get back. There is more to the story and his treatment, but this is the gist of it.