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What Is Life Like for Bill Cosby in a Pennsylvania Federal Prison?

Bill Cosby was sentenced to serve 3-10 years in prison. He was only found guilty of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand and will do the time.

Bill Cosby was sentenced on Tuesday, the 25th of September. He is to serve 3-10 years in prison. He was found guilty of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former employee of Temple University.

Soon after his sentence, Cosby was then taken to SCI Phoenix. It is a state maximum-security prison situated in Pennsylvania. He arrived at the facility on Tuesday night. The famous actor is now inmate number NN7687.

Cosby will serve his sentence in the new prison. According to Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s publicist, they were not informed Cosby would be taken to SCI Phoenix.

The famous prisoner was under house arrest in his home situated in Montgomery County. He was awaiting his sentencing.

Cosby requested to be released on bail so he can appeal the conviction. The judge in charge of this case denied his bail request. Cosby is currently detained in a cell 7-by-13 feet with a 10-foot ceiling.

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Cosby Has Been in Isolation

Cosby has been in isolation since he arrived in the facility. This is due to security concerns. Most cells in this facility are shared by two inmates. However, Cosby was given his own cell. Inmate #NN7687 doesn’t have a cellmate. He doesn’t know when he will get one.

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There is no specific time set when Cosby will join the general prison population. Meanwhile, he will stay isolated. According to John Wetzel, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections, the authorities are taking the necessary measures to ensure the safety of the famous prisoner. Also, to secure the general welfare of the institution.

According to Wetzel, the ultimate goal is to make sure Cosby is placed in the prison population. He will need to receive the necessary programs during his incarceration.

About Cosby’s Home for the Next 3-10 Years

SCI Phoenix is a new prison situated in Collegeville. The facility is approximately a 45-minute drive from Philadelphia.

The facility was constructed to replace the old SCI Graterford, built in 1929. The facility cost the taxpayers over $400 million to build. SCI Phoenix was officially opened over the summer.

Cosby’s Life in Prison

The famous prisoner is expected to have a normal life in prison just like any other prisoner.

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Calls and Visits for Cosby

Cosby is allowed to make phone calls during his time while incarcerated. According to Amy Worden, the state DOC spokesperson, his first 10 days in prison, Cosby is only allowed to be visited by religious advisors and lawyers.

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After the 10 days are over, inmate #NN7687 is only eligible for one visit on visitation days. The rule excludes the attorneys. He can be visited by up to five loved ones at a time.

Just like a normal inmate in a Pennsylvania prison, this famous prisoner can make physical contact with the loved ones while on these supervised visits.

Cosby’s Daily Routine

Daily schedules vary from one inmate to another. However, there are mandatory counts every single day for the purpose of accountability. The counts are:

  • 2 a.m. overnight count
  • 12:30 p.m. standing count
  • 6:30 p.m. standing count
  • 9:00 p.m. standing count

Prison Meals

Meals are served 3 times a day. Breakfast is served at 7 a.m., lunch is taken at 11 a.m. and dinner is served at 4:55 p.m.

The breakfast menu includes:

  • Cereals
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Coffee
  • Fruits
  • Pancakes

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Lunch and dinner menu can include:

  • Gardenburger with bread
  • Cheese pizza
  • Tofu oat burger
  • Roast pork
  • “Gelatin product” – not Jell-O

The meals served largely depend on the week and the day.

Jobs and Programs

Inmate #NN7687 can engage in a prison job if he feels like. A prison job earns an inmate around 19-42 cents every hour. The jobs include:

  • Working in the kitchen
  • Medical facility job
  • Working in the library
  • Maintenance work within the 1.5-mile perimeter
  • Working in the chapel
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During incarceration, there are mandatory programs Cosby must attend. He is a violent sexual predator according to the sentence. He must attend all sex offender counseling sessions.

Recreation for the Famous Prisoner

During his time in isolation, Cosby will be given time out of the cell. Just like any other inmate, he will be given two hours in the morning and another two hours in the afternoon.

He will be spending his time in isolation. He gets to spend the four hours in a small yard that is adjacent to his cell unit.

Bill Cosby taken into custody next to his prison mugshot.
Despite the arguably short sentence for the controversial figure, Cosby still was required to pay $1M for bail. Image Source: National Inquirer

Cosby’s Health Matters

During the court proceedings, Cosby’s legal team tried to convince the court to sentence Cosby to house arrest. The team argued their client was frail and shouldn’t be required to be incarcerated.  Based on that claim, Cosby will undergo medical and psychological examination very soon.

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