June 06–After four years of being locked up under medium-security, former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has landed in a softer prison environment.
According to the Bureau of Prisons, Kilpatrick, 47, is now serving his 28-year corruption sentence in New Jersey at the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix, a minimum security prison with 4,302 inmates. Of those, nearly 300 live at the nearby low-security prison camp, similar to the one that former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers served her 3-year bribery sentence at in West Virginia.
According to BOP, Kilpatrick was transferred to Philadelphia from Oklahoma on Monday. The next day he was transferred to Fort Dix, NJ
BOP would not explain why Kilpatrick was transferred, but did state that he is staying at the prison, not the camp. In a statement to the Free Press, the agency would only say:
“We cannot speak specifically to the circumstances relating to an individual inmate’s designation to a Bureau of Prisons (BOP) institution,” the BOP stated, noting there are a number of factors that are considered when designating inmates, such as security, population, programming, and medical needs.
Kilpatrick’s appeals attorney Harold Gurewitz said that he doesn’t know why Kilpatrick was transferred, either, but that there are a number of reasons that federal inmates get moved around, including;
? Inmates request the change.
? Inmates get reclassified as lower-security risk.
? Inmates become eligible for different prisons that have various programs.
Kilpatrick has been locked up since 2013, when a federal jury in Detroit convicted him of multiple corruption crimes, including extortion, bribery, fraud and conspiracy.
He has lost all appeals — the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his case — though he is still fighting for his freedom. He is representing himself in a legal challenge that seeks to overturn his conviction, based largely on a claim that he had an ineffective lawyer. That appeal is before U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds, who oversaw his trial and handed down the 28-year sentence.
Kilpatrick is also appealing his $1.5 million restitution tab to the Detroit water department stemming from the federal corruption trial — though that’s not his only debt.
Here’s what else Kilpatrick owes:
– $7.4-million judgment issued in April to a minority contractor who sued Kilpatrick and his friend and co-defendant Bobby Ferguson, claiming water contracts were unfairly steered to Ferguson. He got 21 years for his crimes.
– $852,000 in restitution to the City of Detroit stemming from the text message scandal that the Free Press broke, triggering his eventual downfall. His last payment was made in 2013 — the year of his federal conviction.
– $195,000 to the Internal Revenue Service for unpaid taxes.
Kilpatrick won’t be eligible for release until 2037. He will be 67.
This article provided by NewsEdge.