Convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is back in Florida, but this time she will be residing in a federal prison rather than an oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach.
Maxwell, who was sentenced last month to 20 years for recruiting and grooming young women for sex with financier Jeffrey Epstein, was transferred to the low-security Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The 60-year-old British newspaper heiress was transferred there on Friday from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where she has been held since her arrest in July 2020.
Maxwell, who once went by first names to some of the most powerful men on earth, including former Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, is now registered as an inmate and her official release date is July 17, 2037, according to the BOP inmate locator.
While Maxwell won’t have a hard time with prisoners convicted of violent crimes, she will spend most of her time either in a spartan cell or in a dormitory with other inmates, according to the statement the official prison manual.
Her daily life will be regimented and very different from her previous globe-trotting lifestyle at the all-female facility about three miles east of downtown Tallahassee.
Inmates are subjected to unscheduled searches for contraband and counts five or six times a day. Twice a day, prisoners are made to stand quietly by their beds during the head count.
During the remainder of the head count, prisoners may either sit or lie on their beds, but must “keep their heads free at all times,” the manual states.
Maxwell will wear a prison-issued “jumpsuit” that must remain “fully buttoned” even when she is in her cell.
“The only exception will be during recovery, when attire may consist of orange shorts and a t-shirt,” the manual states.
There is no smoking or drinking and there are set times for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a 7am ‘coffee hour’ and 10.30am ‘brunch’ on weekends and bank holidays.
“If food other than food is found in an inmate’s cell, the inmates will be subject to disciplinary action,” the handbook states.
Maxwell is allowed to visit visitors, but these are limited to immediate family or their attorneys, and she is allowed to make outside calls.
But the manual states: “All telephone calls are recorded and monitored. Telephone calls have a time limit of fifteen (15) minutes.”
However, all is not gloomy. When she behaves, Maxwell can watch movies, do yoga and Pilates, attend educational classes, and even appear on the prison’s talent show, the authorities said Zouki’s advisory groupthat specializes in preparing people for life in federal prison.
Maxwell isn’t the first notorious inmate to end up in Tallahassee Penitentiary. The federal facility housed convicted American-born Islamic terrorist Colleen LaRose, also known as “Jihad Jane,” who was released in 2018, and convicted Russian agent Maria Butina, who was deported to Moscow in 2019.
US District Judge Alison Nathan for the Southern District of New York, who presided over Maxwell’s trial, had recommended that she be held in the federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, which was the inspiration for the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. ”
Ultimately, the federal BOP decided to send Maxwell back to Florida to a prison about 400 miles northwest of the Epstein compound, where most of the crimes for which she was convicted took place.
Maxwell was convicted of five federal sex trafficking charges in December, after a three-week trial in which defense attorneys tried to convince the jury that the primary reason prosecutors moved against her was because they could no longer pursue Epstein.
Epstein hanged himself in a federal prison cell in Manhattan in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
In a sentencing note, prosecutors wrote that Maxwell enjoyed “a life of exceptional luxury and privilege” while entering into a “disturbing agreement” with Epstein.
“Rather than showing even a shred of accountability, the defendant makes a desperate attempt to assign blame wherever she can,” they added.
Maxwell also tried to ask for leniency, claiming she had positively influenced other inmates by offering to teach them yoga.
Nathan met Maxwell with a sentence less than the 30 to 55 years federal prosecutors had sought.
In addition, upon her release from prison, Maxwell was sentenced to five years under supervision and a $750,000 fine.
Before she was sentenced, Maxwell addressed the court for the first time and told the victims present in the courtroom that she was “sorry for the pain you have experienced.”
“I also want to acknowledge that I was convicted of aiding Jeffrey Epstein in his crimes,” she said. “It is the biggest regret of my life that I ever met Jeffrey Epstein.”
But, as Nathan noted, what Maxwell didn’t express in her testimony was “acceptance of responsibility.”
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ghislaine-maxwell-will-serve-time-low-security-federal-prison-florida-rcna39855 Ghislaine Maxwell will be serving time in a low-security federal prison in Florida