There was some speculation on Monday that former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, currently held without bail in jail on a murder charge, could be moved into the Bristol County (Mass.) House of Corrections' general population. Hernandez has been moved, but not into full-blown gen pop.
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told the Herald News of Fall River (Mass.) that Hernandez was moved from a medical cell unit to his own prison cell, where he will await trial. However, he will not have any "face-to-face" contact with other inmates.
“We want to assess how he does in an area where he's going to be exposed to other people, though not face to face,” Hodgson said.
Hernandez will have a toilet, a bed, a desk and a sink in his personal cell; in his cell block, inmates are allowed to leave one at a time. So Hernandez will "interact" with other prisoners without actually interacting with them. The idea is to see how other inmates react before throwing the former NFL star into the fire.
"We want to see how [Hernandez] reacts to something like that because he's never been institutionalized before,” Hodgson said. “With somebody of his stature, we want to make sure we're methodically moving the process along so that we don't create a problem."
In a week, Hernandez will be up for a new classification. If things presumably go "well" with Hernandez in his current situation, he could be moved to general population.
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