In Jail, Bernie Madoff Is 'the Godfather, the Don' He's making buddies and earning the respect of fellow con artists By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Dec 10, 2009 8:29 PM CST 21 comments Comments Bernard Madoff arrives at Manhattan federal court in March. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, file) (Newser) – With 5 months under his belt, Bernie Madoff has about 149 and a half years to go in prison, but good news for him: He's making pals and winning respect behind bars. "To every con artist, he is the godfather, the don," one inmate tells the Wall Street Journal, which pieces together a profile of Bernie the inmate. Among the tidbits: He shares an unlocked cell with a guy named Frank, scrubs pots and pans in the prison kitchen, walks on an outdoor track, and plays bocce, chess, and checkers. Another inmate recalls a proud-looking Madoff walking around the prison yard with head held high. "He carried on like he'd been doing time for years."