Following his Tuesday conviction on charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, Derek Chauvin is being held for 23 hours per day in solitary confinement, according to authorities.
Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck last May, was taken to Minnesota’s only maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights on Tuesday, The New York Times reported.
He will only be allowed out of his cell for one hour each day, during which time he is permitted to exercise.
June 16 was the date the court set for Chauvin’s sentencing, an anonymous source told The Times.
He resides in an isolated area of the prison due to safety concerns, Sarah Fitzgerald, a spokeswoman for the state prison system, told The Times. However, prisoners have often been placed in this isolated wing, the Administrative Control Unit, for punishment.
“He is on ‘administrative segregation’ status for his safety,” Fitzgerald told CNN. “Administrative segregation is used when someone’s presence in the general population is a safety concern.”
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These prison cells are small and only consist of “a bench with a mattress pad, a combination toilet and sink, and a tiny shower,” The Times reported.
Prisoners are permitted necessities such as clothes, toiletries, and pen and paper, according to The Times. Books, magazines and newspapers are sometimes allowed, pending the prison’s approval.
The cells are under video surveillance and guards check in on the inmates every half an hour to ensure they are present and healthy, according to The Times.
A mental health expert is required to interview anyone held for more than 30 days, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections website.
A total of 41 prisoners were residing in the isolated wing on Wednesday, The Times reported, which accounts for approximately 10 percent of the total number of inmates in the prison.
Chauvin, who had been free on bond since October, was ordered by Judge Peter Cahill to be taken into custody after the jury announced its verdict, The Times reported.
Chauvin will likely be sentenced to more than a decade in prison for each of the two most severe charges he was convicted of, second-degree murder and third-degree murder, CNN reported.
He was also convicted on a charge of second-degree manslaughter.
On the charge of second-degree murder, Chauvin could face a maximum of 40 years behind bars. He’s also looking at a maximum sentence of 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for second-degree manslaughter.
However, Minnesota sentencing guidelines could result in Chauvin receiving a lesser sentence on those charges, since he does not have a prior criminal history.
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