I just received a brief phone call from Barton. He said that with virtually no notice, that he was going to be moved tomorrow to the Pinckneyville Correctional Center. This location is about a 45 minute drive northeast from the Menard Penitentiary he has been located for the past decade and a half that is located along the Mississippi river. It doesn’t appear that drive-time-wise that it is any closer to Bloomington however. It might be a little closer to Indianapolis however but not much.
The good news is that unlike Menard, a prison built int he 1800s, this prison was built in the 1990s, and is classified as a Medium Security Prison versus Menard which is a Maximum Security prison. It has about half the prison population (2,000 inmates versus 4,000).
More can be learned at: https://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/facilities/Pages/pinckneyvillecorrectionalcenter.aspx
At this time Bart does not know if he will have e-mail access or phone access. As we obtain new contact information will be sure to let everyone know and will update the contacts page on www.FreeBart.org.
I will view this for the time being as a good sign for things to come. Please keep Bart in your prayers and thoughts for when you can.
With best regards, Chris