What it’s like inside Harvey Weinstein’s prison as he moves to state facility

Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein today moved to a state prison, after previously being held in notorious Rikers Island, according to reports.

The 67-year-old former movie producer was sentenced to 23 years behind bars earlier this month after he was found guilty of third-degree rape and a first-degree criminal sexual act earlier this month.

After leaving the New York hospital he was escorted on Wednesday to Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, according to The New York Post.

A source told the publication that Weinstein appeared ‘sad’ about his move, however, it’s believed his cell in Fishkill will only be temporary as officials are looking to place him in a more permanent prison in order to serve his sentence.

Fishkill is a ‘multi-security prison’ situated between Hudson River and the Fishkill Mountains. It houses about 1,800 men, and ‘maintains hospital facilities for ailing inmates like Weinstein’.

The man was once worth an estimated $300million (£258m), however now he can earn some change working as the prison has a metal furniture manufacturing and a metal shop.

The prison also points out its horticulture and painting classes, instruction on how to work on small engines, and lessons in dog training should Weinstein want to build that brain bank.

Fishkill has a chequered past where it was once known as Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane for 80 years.

It was here male and female patients underwent ‘moral treatment’ and by 1949 it was reported electric and insulin shock treatments became the norm, and three lobotomies were alleged to have happened within the walls.

From 1977 its been known as Fishkill, with controversy occurring in 2015 when African-American inmate Samuel Harrell, who had a history of bipolar disorder, was allegedly assaulted by 20 corrections officers and ‘thrown down a staircase’. He later died in hospital, but no criminal charges were ever filed.

Fishkill was home to America’s longest serving prisoner, Paul Geidel Jr, who spent 68 years behind bars before being released at the age of 86 in 1980, as well as Izola Curry who attempted to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr in 1958.

Weinstein was previously rushed to Bellevue Hospital shortly after he was sentenced in order to receive treatment for his ‘ongoing heart problems’.

That wasn’t the first time Weinstein was taken to hospital with chest pain as shortly after he was found guilty on 24 February, he was taken there for assessment.

On 4 March he underwent an angioplasty – in which a tiny catheter is inserted into a vessel to help improve blood flow to the heart – before he was transferred to Rikers Island and held in the North Infirmary Command ahead of his sentencing.

Weinstein’s legal team had asked for a sentence of less than five years – claiming he may die in jail if he’s sentenced to more than half a decade behind bars – but he was dished out more than two decades by Justice James A Burke in State Supreme Court.

At the hearing, prosecutor Joan Illuzzi praised the six women who had come forward to testify against Weinstein, all of whom attended the sentencing.

She said: ‘Without these women and others who were willing to come forward, this matter would never have been able to be taken, it never would have been successful, and the defendant would never have been able to stop hurting or destroying other people’s lives …

‘He got drunk on power. He could take what he wanted knowing there was very little anyone could do about it.’

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