No Cushy 'Camp Fed' for Madoff

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2009 12:49 PM CDT
Madoff in court yesterday for sentencing.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Bernard Madoff’s high profile and long sentence will likely land him in a medium- or high-security prison, Bloomberg reports. Though previous white-collar criminals have spent terms at federal prison “camps,” any sentence longer than 10 years makes an inmate ineligible for that cushy treatment. Insiders also say the risk to Madoff from other inmates means he will be placed in a more controlled environment.

If other inmates “see an opportunity to take that man out and be in the paper and make a name for themselves, what do they have to lose?” said a former cop, inmate, and now prison consultant. “They’re going to put him in solitary.” Whatever happens, “he’s going to be a real headache for the Bureau of Prisons for the rest of his life,” a lawyer said. (Read more Bernard Madoff stories.)