Mother Jones Reporter Arrested for Trespassing at Prison

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by: Tina Nguyen | Mother Jones

A reporter for Mother Jones was arrested near a rural Louisiana prison earlier last week after he was found taking photos of the facility using a drone.


James West, a 33-year-old Australian on assignment for the magazine, was found near the Winn Parish Correctional Center on the night of March 13, where another reporter had been working undercover. According to the Winn Parish Enterprise, security guards had spotted the light from West’s cellphone, but the reporter drove off when they approached him. He was later pulled over, arrested for trespassing, and soon released after posting bond.

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