The following article contains allegations of sexual assault.
After being convicted of sex trafficking, Ghislaine Maxwell was finally sentenced to prison on June 28. According to The Guardian, the former British aristocrat was sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping Jeffery Epstein recruit and groom young girls from 1994 to 2004. Maxwell was convicted on five of the six charges she faced. The Guardian reported that the 60-year-old media heiress addressed the victims in the courtroom but did not apologize.
Maxwell said: “I have deep sympathy for all the victims in this case. I also acknowledge that I have been convicted of helping Jeffrey Epstein commit these crimes.” The former British socialite added, “I know my association with Epstein and this case will forever and permanently stain me. According to CNN, Judge Alison Nathan said in the courtroom, “Miss Maxwell will not be punished in place of Epstein. Miss Maxwell is being punished for the role she played.” The judge added, “Today’s verdict will seek to recognize the harm Ms. Maxwell has caused.”
NBC News reported the court sentenced her to five years of supervised imprisonment after serving her sentence and fined Maxwell $750,000. But what is the truth about the prison where Maxwell is expected to spend the next 20 years?
Ghislaine Maxwell will be serving time in the same prison as RHONJ’s Teresa Giudice
Judge Alison Nathan ordered Ghislaine Maxwell to serve her 20-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. According to the Daily Mail, FCI Danbury was the facility that inspired the prison in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. FCI Danbury is a low-security federal prison with 1,024 inmates. The Mail reported that other “famous” inmates had served time, including Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice, singer Lauryn Hill and Orange Is the New Black writer Piper Kerman. Danbury offers many programs for prisoners, including a “wide range of hobby craft and music programs” and fitness activities.
Beatrice Codianni, a prisoner who served 17 years at Danbury, told NewsTimes the prison is no picnic. Codianni said the facility has “beautiful landscaping compared to other prisons, but prisoners receive “substandard food and substandard medical care.” Giudice told ABC News that Danbury Prison “lived in hell.” Mail that Maxwell’s next stop will be an improvement over her current situation at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York. Paperny said, “Once she gets to jail, she’s going to feel like she won the lottery.” The notorious Brooklyn jail where Maxwell has been living has had horrible conditions for inmates since 2020. Insider reported that the US District Judge Colleen McMahon commented on the conditions at the MDC in 2021, calling the prison “disgusting” and “run by idiots”.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, help is available to help. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact the RAINN National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).