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Screenwriter Roger Avary moved from work furlough program to jail after tweeting episode

November 27, 2009 | 12:35 pm
"Pulp Fiction" co-screenwriter Roger Avary is behind bars at the Ventura County Jail today -- several days after what is believed to be the writer/director's tweeting revealed that he was serving his sentence for a fatal car crash in a furlough program rather than in jail.

In September, Avary was sentenced to a year in jail for causing a car crash in Ojai that killed a passenger and injured Avary's wife.

Earlier this week, Times technology blogger Mark Milian discovered some tweets coming from @avary and speculated over whether Avary was tweeting from jail.

But Avary wasn't in jail. Rather, he was serving his time in a Ventura County work furlough program, which allows him to go to his job during the day. He reports back to the furlough facility -- a modified former Air Force barracks at Camarillo Airport -- at night and on weekends.

It's unclear when officials decided to allow Avary to enter the furlough program, or how that decision was reached. It is also unknown where the screenwriter spent his days, but inmates in the program are not allowed to work at home.

Today, however, officials said Avary is in full-time custody. He reported to the Ventura County Jail for incarceration on Thanksgiving Day for "security issues," said Sheriff spokesman Ross Bonfiglio.

Patrick Neil, a division manager for Ventura County's probation department, would not comment on why Avary was removed from the furlough program.

"Any causes behind a rollup is not something we can discuss," Neil said, using the term for when an inmate is transferred from one facility to another.

Thursday evening, @avary -- who has been referring to himself as #34 - tweeted "#34 is 'rolled up' to a higher security facility for exercising his first amendment rights. The truth he has discovered is too dangerous."

Bonfiglio said that Avary had not previously spent a night in the jail because he posted bail the day he was arrested. When he reported to jail Oct. 26, records show he was remanded at 7:54 a.m. and released 11 minutes later.

Bonfiglio said it was likely a "procedural process" and that Avary was then referred to the work furlough program, where he spent his days on the outside.

But you wouldn't get that impression from what are believed to be Avary's tweets, which chronicle life inside amid heroin smuggling, lockdowns and strip searches.

"#34's new roomie, EZ, takes Yeyo's old bunk, locker, AND number. He regales awesome tales about his former life as an Oxnard gangbanger," @avary tweeted Tuesday at 9:17 a.m.

Two weeks earlier @avary tweeted: "'It's your birthday! announcing that #34 is to receive a random strip-down and cavity search to be performed by a leering, rotund officer."

--Raja Abdulrahim