Inside Bernard Madoff’s new home: the Metropolitan Correctional Center prison in Manhattan
via Daily News
Bare-bones bunk beds with meager mattresses, white-washed cinderblock walls and a shared sink.
Inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center, typically home to terrorists, gangsters and drug dealers, the high-rolling Ponzi scheme mastermind is one of 750 inmates.
His sprawling East Side duplex is just a memory, replaced by a 7-1/2-by-8-foot cell. After 45 years of waking up with wife Ruth, Madoff may share his room with another inmate.
Instead of a leisurely weekend brunch, the 70-year-old Madoff gets a 6 a.m. wake-up call with breakfast served 30 minutes later. Rather than a tasteful custom-tailored gray suit, he’ll don a baggy brown prison-issued outfit.
Lunch is at 11:30 a.m., and dinner at 5 p.m. Lights out is at 11 p.m. sharp. Depending on the location of his cell, Madoff might catch a glimpse of Manhattan’s bright lights from its small single window.
Entertainment options are sparse, too. The only TVs are in common areas, where he can share the viewing with fellow felons.
Every other day, Madoff can enjoy outdoor recreation – on the lower Manhattan building’s caged roof, a comedown from his glass-topped $7 million penthouse.
Inside, he can kill time reading in the prison library or playing Ping-Pong – sad substitutes for 18 holes of golf or a $50 Palm Beach pedicure.
Madoff is likely to land in a medium or minimum security facility. Former federal prosecutor George Jackson said that could change if authorities think Madoff is protecting co-conspirators.
“To the extent that you obstruct justice, you’re going to find yourself housed in a place that makes your prison sentence much harsher,” said Jackson, of the law firm Bryan Cave.