Ghislaine Maxwell’s next home becomes a prison that is no ‘Camp Cupcake’

“We fully believe in our sister’s innocence. We are very disappointed with the verdict, “the statement read.” We have already started the appeal tonight and we believe that she will eventually be justified. “

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan awarded the defense several blows during the month-long trial, including denying a request to have some witnesses testify anonymously and another to block attorneys from two of the prosecutors from taking a stand.

Legal experts said Maxwell’s lawyers are likely to cite such decisions in any appeal of her conviction.

But to be successful, her lawyers had to show that Nathan violated federal rules of evidence or abused her judgment.

Nathan has not yet set a sentencing date for the Socialist, who is still facing a two-point perjury trial. That lawsuit is not yet scheduled.

The decision on where Maxwell will live will be up to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Bureau does not comment on individual cases, but factors taken into account when allocating inmates include “security and surveillance required by the inmate, any medical or programming needs, separation and security measures to ensure the inmate’s protection and other considerations, including proximity to a person’s release residence, ”said spokesman Donald Murphy.

Inmates in higher security facilities are generally confined to cells rather than rooms and undergo more intense security procedures. These prisons tend to house people who have been convicted of more serious crimes, have longer prison sentences and are more vulnerable to violence.

Still, wherever she goes, she’s likely to be an upgrade from Brooklyn’s federal lockup, where she’s been sitting since she was charged in July 2020 with helping Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. Prior to his sentencing, Maxwell, the daughter of British media mogul Robert Maxwell, filed several complaints about her condition at the Metropolitan Detention Center – a prison that federal investigators consider to be among the worst in the US Bureau of Prisons System.

The Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been detained.

The Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been detained.Credit:AP

“She holds without a doubt the worst and dirtiest prison in the country,” Paperny said. “Wherever she earns, it will feel like Disneyland compared to where she is right now.”

The whole thing has been a sensational twist for Maxwell, who was arrested on a million-dollar 156-acre property in New Hampshire and owned a New York City townhouse that was sold in 2016 for about $ 15 million ($ 20.6 million). ) as well as a London home in Belgravia.

Federal investigators found that MDC prisoners have been beaten, raped and held under inhumane conditions. Maxwell has complained about being kept in solitary confinement, under 24-hour surveillance and being woken up every few hours every night. She said the conditions made her exhausted and unable to properly help prepare her defense.

Of the 157,500 inmates currently in the federal prison system, fewer than 11,000 – about 7 percent – are women, according to the Bureau of Prisons. Of its 122 prison facilities in the United States, only 29 house women, and 11 of them are short-term locks like the MDC, where Maxwell was detained for trial.

Her future home will be based on the classification she receives from federal prison officials, said Jack Donson, a prison consultant who worked for the Bureau of Prisons for more than 23 years. It will depend in part on the length of her sentence and a decision by the prison authorities on whether Maxwell, who has US, British and French citizenship, poses a risk of escaping.

If Maxwell is sentenced to a milder sentence, she could be on her way to the low-security federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, known for housing Orange is the new black author Piper Kerman and reality TV star Teresa Giudice, Paperny said.

But Donson said the Bureau is likely to assign a famous convict like Maxwell to a secure facility away from a major city, making the Danbury Jail, not far from New York, less likely.

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“They’re never going to place her near New York or anywhere where you want journalists to camp out on the road,” he said.

The differences between a minimum security camp and a low-security federal penitentiary, or FCI, can be dramatic, said Larry Levine, founder of Wall Street Prison Consultants, who spent more than 10 years in federal prison and now advises convicted criminals on how to survive. imprisonment.

Camps often have a relatively high proportion of non-violent functionary criminals, and violence is rare. Violence is more likely in FCIs, which can house bank robbers, drug dealers and people convicted of sex crimes. So even though camps do not have perimeter fencing or armed security, FCIs have two secure barbed wire fences with roaming, armed security, he said. The doors to the camphouse unit doors are never locked, unlike FCIs where the inmates are locked inside at night.

Several consultants said Maxwell’s fame and the nature of her crime – helping Epstein sacrifice teenage girls – could make her a target.

“If she still denies that she has not contributed to the actions she and Mr. Epstein have taken, she will be a pariah both inside and outside the prison,” said Lederhaas-Okun, who consults with White Collar Advice.

Maxwell’s education, wealth and former jetset lifestyle will set her apart from most inmates, she said.

Although Maxwell wants an advantage because of her access to cash for food, clothing, makeup and running shoes that other inmates cannot afford, “this can cause jealousy in others,” Lederhaas-Okun said.

Maxwell will likely be assigned a job where she will earn a paltry 12 to 14 cents an hour. “Do it and do not complain,” advised Lederhaas-Okun. “The worst thing she could do is whine about her situation.”

Bloomberg, AP, Reuters

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