No more $7 million penthouse. Today was Madoff’s first full day at the Metropolitan Correction Center, where he’ll be spending some quality time while awaiting sentencing. ABCNews has some insights about the facility and its amenities.
He’ll have to trade the sharp, charcoal-gray suit he wore to court Thursday for a baggy brown uniform. He’ll get to go outside only once every other day, and outside will be a cage on the roof.
“Some of the guards are gonna go out of their way to make sure he knows he’s nobody,” said Joe Reddick, who served 16 years in federal prisons up and down the East Coast. “That $50 billion or whatever money he had, is nothing.”
“In commissary, you’re only allowed to spend $253 a month,” Reddick said. “So everybody has the same spending limit.
“He may find a guard who might bring him an extra piece of chicken.”
The schedule is strict: Lights on at 6 a.m., breakfast at 6:30 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m., dinner at 5 p.m., lights out at 11 p.m. During the day, Madoff can watch television, play ping-pong or volunteer for janitorial duty.
Sounds fun! If you’d like to read Madoff’s full apology to the court, click here. (PDF)