See Bill Cosby’s New Prison Home

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Bill Cosby is off to prison — looking at 3 to ten years for the sexual assault of Andrea Constand.

Here are some quick facts about the former entertainers new home and what his life and routine will be like:

  • He’ll be in a maximum-security state prison in Pennsylvania.  It is known as SCI Phoenix and is a brand new facility costing over $400 million. It replaces a facility that was built in 1929
  • He will now be known as NN7687
  • It is a huge facility — with over 3,800 beds.  There are typically two per cell but Cosby will have his own cell for his own safety.  No timeline has been established for him to join the general population
  • He is now occupying a single 7-by-13-foot cell with a 10-foot ceiling, near the infirmary.
  • The new prisoner will be allowed 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.
  • Although the schedule can vary it will typically entail being four times a day, with 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.
  • For the first ten days, only lawyers and religious advisers will be allowed to visit Mr. Cosby, which is a standard practice
  • According to the New York Times, “Meals vary depending on the day and the week. For breakfast, Mr. Cosby will have access to fruit and cereal every day, as well as milk, coffee and sugar. On Saturdays, on the current rotation, there are pancakes. For lunch and dinner, the menu is more varied. On Mondays, lunch could be a cheese pizza or a garden burger with bread. This coming Monday, the dinner entrees are roast pork or a tofu oat burger, according to a menu provided by Ms. Worden. At lunch that day, the prison is serving chocolate pudding, a product Mr. Cosby was associated with as a pitchman for Jell-O.  Ms. Worden said the pudding on the menu is simply a ‘gelatin product,’ not Jell-O brand.”
  • As part of his sentence he will have to go to counseling as a “sexually violent predator.”
  • He might choose to work at 19 to 42 cents an hour, possibilities include working at a library, a medical facility, or in the kitchen.

As far as his free time, “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.”


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