Derek Chauvin being kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours per day at max security prison


Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was moved to the state’s highest-security prison, where he is in solitary confinement for 23 hours out of the day.

A jury pronounced Chauvin guilty Tuesday on all counts in George Floyd’s death in May after roughly 10 hours of deliberation.

What are the details?

According to a Wednesday Forbes report, Chauvin was transported to the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights following the verdict and was immediately moved to an isolated wing of the prison.

The outlet reported that Chauvin will be alone in his cell — which contains a bench, mattress pad, shower, and toilet-sink combination — 23 out of 24 hours per day. Chauvin will be permitted to exercise during the hour he is allowed out of his cell.

“The isolated cells, which hold around 41 inmates, are closely monitored by prison guards, who are expected to check on prisoners ‘at least’ every 30 minutes,” Forbes added. “[I]nmates are also monitored by a mental health professional if they are in the cells for more than 30 days.”

The prison, which is about 25 miles east of Minneapolis, is considered “one of the safest for high-risk offenders as the prison has never had an escape, and only one homicide,” the outlet reported.

In a statement to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Minnesota Department of Corrections spokesperson Sarah Fitzgerald said, “Administrative segregation is used when someone’s presence in the general population is a safety concern.”

What else?

Chauvin will remain at the maximum-security facility at least until sentencing, which is set to take place in June.

The jury — which consisted of five men and seven women — unanimously pronounced Chauvin guilty on all three charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday afternoon. The charges carry penalties of up to 40 years, 25 years, and 10 years in prison, respectively.

Chauvin’s defense team is expected to appeal the convictions.