Riker’s Island is a terrible place that should have been torn down decades ago.
I hope Paul Manafort enjoys his stay.
Courtesy of NYT:
Paul J. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman who is serving a federal prison sentence, is expected to be transferred within the next few weeks to the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City, where he will most likely be held in isolation while facing state fraud charges, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Mr. Manafort was convicted last year on federal bank fraud, tax and conspiracy charges in two related cases and is serving a seven-and-a-half-year federal prison sentence in Pennsylvania. The Manhattan district attorney obtained an indictment of Mr. Manafort on state mortgage fraud charges in an effort to ensure he would still face prison if Mr. Trump pardoned him for his federal crimes.
Mr. Manafort, 70, will most likely be arraigned on the new charges in State Supreme Court in Manhattan later this month and held at Rikers, though his lawyers could seek to have him held at a federal jail in New York, the people with knowledge said.
High-profile inmates are generally held in protective custody on Rikers Island, a network of nine jails with a total of 7,500 inmates, including pretrial detainees and convicts serving sentences of a year or less. Inmates in protective custody are isolated from the general population under heavy guard.
I don’t have an ounce of sympathy for Paul Manafort.
He joined the Trump campaign to get right with his Russian business associates and start a number of side hustles.
And he got busted.
The guy has been a crook for decades now, and he is finally behind bars where he belongs.
Hopefully, if there is any justice in the world before his sentence is up he will be joined there by his former boss.