Bill Cosby’s home for at least the next three years: a maximum-security state prison in Pennsylvania known as SCI Phoenix where he is being kept isolated out of concern for his safety.
Most of the inmates in the 3,830-bed prison are doubled up in cells, but Mr. Cosby, now Inmate NN7687, was given his own, with no timeline yet of when he will join the general population.
“We are taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure Mr. Cosby’s safety and general welfare in our institution,” John Wetzel, the Pennsylvania secretary of corrections, said in a statement. “The long-term goal is for him to be placed in the general population to receive the programming required during his incarceration.”
Mr. Cosby arrived soon after he was sentenced to three to 10 years in prisonfor the sexual assault of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee.
Barring an overturn of the conviction on appeal, Mr. Cosby will serve his sentence at this new prison in Collegeville, about a 45-minute drive from Philadelphia. Built at a cost of $400 million, the state correctional institution opened over the summer to replace the aging SCI Graterford, built in 1929.
Mr. Cosby had asked to be released on bail while he appeals his conviction, but the judge denied his request. So the former entertainer, who had been allowed to stay at his home in Montgomery County while awaiting sentencing, is now occupying a single 7-by-13-foot cell with a 10-foot ceiling, near the infirmary.
Mr. Cosby will be eligible to make phone calls and to receive one visit on each visitation day of up to five people at a time, not including attorneys. Physical contact is permitted during the supervised visits, as it is in all Pennsylvania correctional institutions.
Only lawyers and religious advisers will be allowed to visit Mr. Cosby for his first 10 days of incarceration, a standard practice, according to Amy Worden, the spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections.
Inmate daily schedules vary, but all prisoners are accounted for on a schedule, four times a day: an overnight count at 2 a.m., and standing counts at 12:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Meals are also served at the same time every day: Breakfast at 7 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m. and dinner at 4:55 p.m.
During Mr. Cosby’s stay, he must attend sex offender counseling sessions since he was designated as a “sexually violent predator” as part of his sentence.
Otherwise, if Mr. Cosby chooses to, he can work at a job that pays between 19 and 42 cents an hour. Many tasks involve maintenance of the 164-acre prison, which has a 1.5-mile perimeter. He could also work in the library, chapel, medical facility or kitchen.
While Mr. Cosby is isolated, he will be allowed outside into a small yard adjacent to his unit, which has a partial roof to protect the area from the elements. Like the rest of the general population, he will be allowed outside for two hours in the morning and two more in the afternoon.
In the immediate future, Mr. Cosby will undergo psychological and medical examinations. His legal team argued Tuesday for house arrest, telling the judge that Mr. Cosby was frail and did not need to be incarcerated. Andrew Wyatt, Mr. Cosby’s publicist, when asked for comment, said in an email, “No one disclosed to us that they were taking him to that facility.”
Via: NY Times