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Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher Out of 'Isolated Confinement'

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Tim DeChristopher outside Frank E. Moss Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City.
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I wrote yesterday that the jailed climate activist Tim DeChristopher, who's serving a two-year sentence in the Herlong prison in California, had recently been moved to "isolated confinement" at the behest of an unidentified congressman.  Soon after the post went live, Herlong, the Bureau of Prisons in Washington D.C. and members of Congress were flooded with thousands of calls protesting DeChristopher's treatment.  As a result, last night he was moved out of isolated confinement and back to the minimum security camp where he's serving out his (outrageously disproportionate) sentence.  "I got a call from him this morning," says Dylan Schneider at Peaceful Uprising, the climate group co-founded by DeChristopher.  "He was extremely happy."  DeChristopher's lawyer, Patrick Shea, credits Rolling Stone with drawing attention to the story and helping to build public pressure for his release. "Rolling Stone got him out," he told me.  Schneider cautions that this is not the end of the story, though: "There needs to be an investigation into how a call from a congressman got Tim thrown in isolation and what that says about the American justice system," he said this morning. " What would have happened to Tim if no one was watching?"

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