Harvey Weinstein needs to serve his 23-year prison sentence in a medical unit shut to New York Metropolis — however might wind up at an notorious, maximum-security prison near the Canadian border, an ex-con who suggested him on life in the slammer advised The Publish on Wednesday.
Weinstein’s legal professionals filed sealed court docket papers asking Manhattan Supreme Court docket Justice James Burke to suggest that Weinstein, 67, be despatched to a Regional Medical Unit at both the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon or the Mohawk Correctional Facility in Rome, prison consultant Craig Rothfeld mentioned.
However Burke declined to act on the request, leaving the choice up to the Division of Corrections and Group Supervision, he mentioned.
Weinstein gained’t be eligible for conditional launch with good conduct in the New York case till round 2039, authorized consultants mentioned.
If he’s denied placement in a medical unit, he’ll doubtless wind up in the protective-custody wing of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, the place the 2015 escape aided by “Shawskank” prison seamstress Joyce Mitchell befell, Rothfeld mentioned.
Jennifer Scaife, government director of the nonprofit Correctional Affiliation of New York, mentioned prison medical models have been usually reserved for inmates who’re recovering from surgical procedure or near the top of their lives.
“If he’s in a position to get positioned straight right into a regional unit, it will likely be frankly due to his wealth and affect,” she mentioned of Weinstein.
“I’ve seen sicker folks in common prison cells. There are folks with grave diseases in normal inhabitants.”
However Weinstein, quickly jailed now in a Rikers Island infirmary, might have an extended wait. Los Angeles prosecutors mentioned Wednesday that they began the method of extraditing him for trial in two 2013 intercourse assaults.