What’s It Like For Kwame In Federal Prison?
MILAN (WWJ/AP) – The first full day behind bars is on the books following a conviction in federal court for ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and friend, Bobby Ferguson.
Officials would not comment on the type of cell in which Kilpatrick and Ferguson will be housed at Milan federal prison, but prisons spokesman, Chris Burke, said all pre-sentence inmates are typically housed in the same unit.
The two were taken to Milan, about 45 miles southwest of Detroit, on Monday after a Judge Nancy Edmunds ordered them held without bond until sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled.
The social media-savvy former mayor’s frequent posts with be missing from Twitter and Facebook for a while, as the prison does not allow inmates access to the Internet.
Burke said if they want to send out messages electronically, it will be done through the prison system after approval.
Life in prison calls for breakfast at 6 a.m., lunch at 10:30 a.m. and dinner is served at 4:30 p.m. A typical lunch might include coney dogs, vegetables and a baked potato.
The top federal prosecutor in Detroit said Monday a jury convicted ex-Mayor for “grabbing money from the citizens he was elected to serve.” Barbara McQuade said jurors concluded that Kilpatrick used “the power of his public office to enrich himself and his friends and family” and “stole money from the people of Detroit.”
A jury found Kilpatrick and friend Bobby Ferguson guilty of racketeering and extortion. Kilpatrick’s father Bernard was found guilty of a tax violation.
McQuade said 35 people have been convicted in the federal probe of corruption during Kilpatrick’s administration in 2002-2008.
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