Τρίτη, 17 Μαΐου 2011

From a $3,000-a-night suite at the Sofitel Hotel to a lonely cell at Rikers Island prison ,Από την Σουϊτα των 3000 δολαρίων στο Κελί Rikers Island prison

From a $3,000-a-night suite at the Sofitel Hotel to a lonely cell at Rikers Island prison - it’s a bit of a come down by anyone’s standards.


But that is what disgraced IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Khan is facing tonight after he was refused $1million bail at Manhattan’s Criminal Court house this morning.

Rikers, a 415-acre complex of 10 prisons, is tucked away on an island between Queens and the Bronx.

It houses some 14,000 male and female prisoners at any one time, employs 10,000 officers and costs the New York tax payer $860million a year to run.

The jail facilities are for temporary inmates or those serving city sentences of one year or less.

Previous occupants have included
Mark David Chapman, who murdered John Lennon, and Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicous, who spent 55 days there for assault. Rapper Foxy Brown also spent time there for assault.

They have two options for inmates. They either stay in barracks-style dorms with rows of beds or they are in a single cell on their own.

Strauss-Khan is being housed in the West Facility of the complex in single cell on his own, according to a prison spokesman.

The wing ordinarily houses inmates who have 'contagious diseases.'

But the spokesman said it was the best place for officers to be able to give him the most protection from other inmates.

He will eat eat his meals alone and spend his recreation time alone, he added.


In esence Strauss-Khan is in solidarity confinement.

Mailonline 

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