Billy McFarland's podcast might have landed him in solitary

Updated: Feb 10, 2021

Last week we wrote about Fyre festival organizer Billy McFarland launching a podcast called “Dumpster Fyre” from jail. According to his lawyer Jason Russo, he now has been thrown into solitary confinement due to the podcast.

McFarland is currently spending six years in jail because he defrauded investors with his failed music festival "Fyre Festival". According to his lawyer Jason Russo, he now has to spend 23 hours a day in solitary confinement. Russo believes this is because of McFarlands podcast “Dumpster Fyre”, in which he talks about his failed festival. Russo told the New York Times:

“We believe the investigation stems from his participation in the podcast and the photographs that were taken and utilized in the trailer, which were all properly taken. We don’t believe he’s violated any rule or regulation, and there can’t possibly be anything else. He’s been a model prisoner there.”

The recordings for the podcast were made over the phone and the promotional photographs were taken using disposable cameras, which is, according to Jason Russo, allowed in the jail. Phone calls are recorded by the jail and screened, so are any of the photos sent out from the prison.

A spokesperson for the Bureau of Prisons in Washington declined to comment to the New York Times and said that the agency never discusses the housing arrangements of inmates for privacy reasons.


Source: New York Times