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Inside Ghislaine Maxwell’s ‘home’ for 20 years: Danbury Correctional offers gardening and aerobics!

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Ghislaine Maxwell’s new prison may not be as bad as the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, where she was incarcerated for the past 23 months. The disgraced socialite is now headed to the Danbury Federal Correctional Institution in Connecticut, a low-security facility with separate prisons for men and women. The facility was the inspiration for the fictional Litchfield Correctional Institution in the popular television series ‘Orange Is The New Black’.

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British socialite turned convicted sex trafficker Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for her role in helping convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein molest young girls. US District Judge Alison Nathan said the 240-month sentence was “sufficient and not more than necessary” for Maxwell. She was also ordered to pay a fine of $750,000 for her role in the crime.

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Justin Paperny, whose company White Collar Advice advises high-profile clients on coping with prison life, said Maxwell’s new home will be “like Disneyland” compared to the Brooklyn prison. In fact, Danbury has its own running track, a baseball field, and a manicured lawn with trees and paths, the Daily Mail reported. The facility provides arts and crafts and music for inmates. In addition, it offers circuit training, gardening, aerobics and fitness for people over 50 years of age. It is also equipped with a library and a chapel.

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Contrary to these claims, however, former inmates have claimed that the prison’s connection to ‘Orange Is The New Black’ has misled people into thinking it’s like ‘Club Fed’ and has an almost camp-like atmosphere. holidays. They have claimed that female inmates are often chained during childbirth and that the hijab is ripped from the head of Muslim women. They have also alleged that prisoners often have to go through pat-downs conducted by male guards, the purpose of which is to ensure that they are not smuggling food out of the canteen. Former prison inmates include singer Lauryn Hill, reality star Teresa Giudice and Piper Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black.”

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However, Maxwell can make use of the reported “luxury” facilities only after authorities determine the level of security he will need. Psychologists are ready to assess if she needs to be placed on suicide watch and isolated from other prisoners once again.

In her previous prison, Maxwell was placed on suicide watch days before she was sentenced. Bobbi Sternheim, who represents Maxwell, said in a letter to US District Judge Alison Nathan that the Metropolitan Detention Center had placed her client on suicide watch. Sternheim claimed this was done “without a psychological evaluation and without justification”, adding that she has been wearing a “suicide gown”. This is a piece of cloth that cannot be used to make a rope. Maxwell was also placed in solitary confinement. She was being held in the general population area of ​​a prison where an inmate threatened to kill her. “A woman was openly bragging that she was going to murder Ghislaine for a million dollars,” a source told the Daily Mail.

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Maxwell had claimed her cell was squalid and tiny, and that guards groped her during body searches. He claimed that she could not sleep and was woken up every 15 minutes by the light of a torch lit in her room. She alleged that she was fed “stale” food and denied soap, toothpaste and a toothbrush.

Ghislaine was also ordered to pay a $750,000 fine for his role in the crime (WBNS 10TV/YouTube screenshot)

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After sentencing, Maxwell, 60, was seen hugging his attorney before leaving the courtroom. She was seen in a blue jail uniform with shackles on her ankles. She didn’t speak to her brothers, sitting in the row behind her. “To you, to you, to all the victims who came into court and to those who are outside, I’m sorry for the pain you experienced,” Maxwell said before leaving. “I hope my conviction and harsh incarceration brings him to closure.”

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Before her sentence was pronounced, Maxwell acknowledged that her friendship with Epstein will stain her “forever and ever.” “I believe that Jeffrey Epstein was a manipulative, cunning, controlling man who lived a deeply compartmentalized life and deceived everyone in his orbit,” she said. “It is the biggest regret of my life to have met Jeffrey Epstein.” She added that Epstein “should have been here before all of you.” Epstein died in an apparent suicide in 2019 while in federal custody and was facing up to 45 years in prison for sex trafficking several teenage girls.

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“Today is not about Epstein. It is for me to be ultimately sentenced,” she admitted. She also said: “It is my sincere wish to everyone in this courtroom and everyone outside the courtroom that this day brings an end to a terrible chapter. To those who spoke here today and those who did not, may this day help you journey from darkness to light.”

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Prosecutors had urged Judge Nathan to sentence Maxwell to at least 30 years and up to 55 years in prison, so that his punishment “sends a message that those who conspire with sexual predators will be held accountable for their significant role in these crimes.” However, Maxwell’s defense attorneys said she deserves no more than four or five years. Parole officers had recommended 20 years, which she eventually received.

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