Bernie Madoff Sent to N.C. Prison

Bernard Madoff has left MCC Manhattan for Butner, N.C. where he will spend the rest of his life. Butner has medium security and low security facilities as well as a camp and medical facility.

Adelphia Communications founder John Rigas, 84 and his son Timothy are both at the low security facility there. Jonathan Pollard, serving a sentence for spying, is at the medium security prison. And blind sheik Omar Ahmad Rahmad, now 71, is serving his life sentence at the Butner medical facility.

His lawyers had asked for him to be sent to Otisville in NY. Bottom line: Madoff could have done much worse.

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    What? (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by Steve M on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 08:40:07 PM EST
    No aloha?

    Medical Level 3 (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Peter G on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 09:22:12 PM EST
    Butner medium/low is the only "Level 3" institution in the federal prison system in the East.  Level 3 means, "doesn't need to be in a hospital but needs to be right near one." (Butner is near Raleigh, has a prison hospital on site, and has access to specialists from Duke if needed.)  This designation suggests that Madoff may have a fairly serious chronic (but not acute or terminal) medical condition.  Otherwise, I would have expected one of the NY State federal joints, like Otisville or Ray Brook.

    If there is a soul (none / 0) (#4)
    by weltec2 on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 11:27:04 PM EST
    inside that individual... especially at his age... I imagine the trial was pretty hard on him. Besides, whatever prison they put him in... he has lots of enemies everywhere. I doubt that he will go down in peace. He probably knows that too.

    Trial? (none / 0) (#5)
    by Inspector Gadget on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 11:36:52 PM EST
    There was no trial, but if he's done any reading of newspapers or blogs, the stress of realizing what people think of him could have taken a toll.

    An illness could actually answer the repeatedly asked question of why he took such a lousy deal rather than go to trial.


    ...to protect his family (none / 0) (#7)
    by weltec2 on Tue Jul 14, 2009 at 04:07:18 AM EST

    Yes, that, too (none / 0) (#8)
    by Inspector Gadget on Tue Jul 14, 2009 at 09:17:36 AM EST
    in fact, that's what I thought initially, but he didn't protect his family...they are open to prosecution. A week or so ago, the news was that at least 10 more indictments are expected in his scam.