Madoff Jail Won't Be as Bad as Shawshank: Expert

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2009 12:02 PM CDT
Heavily armed officers guard the perimeter around Manhattan federal court before the arrival of Bernard Madoff today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The next big question for Bernie Madoff: Just how bad will prison be? It’s unlikely the disgraced financier will get cushy Club Fed accommodations, CNNMoney reports. Ed Bales, a consultant who prepares inmates for jail, says such facilities were shut down years ago. But Madoff can take heart, he says: It won’t be as bad as Oz or The Shawshank Redemption.

“They’re scared out of their minds,” Bales says of white-collar convicts. “They think they’re going to get jumped in the shower.” Given his sure-to-be-lengthy sentence, the best Madoff can probably hope for is a low-security prison, and even that won’t be great. “In low security you have some violence,” Bales says. “You may have some low-level Mafia type figures, you may have some people who have been involved in child porn.”