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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bernie Madoff begins 150-year term at N.C. prison alongside Colombo Boss Carmine Persico

Carmine PersicoColombo Boss Carmine Persico via Wikipedia

Inmate number 61727-054 — Bernard Madoff to you — arrived today at the medium-security Federal Correctional Institution Butner in North Carolina and is settling in to the non-penthouse accommodations he'll occupy for the rest of his life.

The 71-year-old king of swindlers went through orientation about the rules, punishments and security at the complex, located near the Research Triangle area of Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill. He became the 725th male inmate there.

As USA TODAY's Kevin McCoy explains, the former Wall Street icon will be busy making money during his 150-year sentence — 12 to 40 cents an hour for a seven-hour day tending grounds, cleaning bathrooms or working in the kitchen.

Medium-security federal correctional institutions "have strengthened perimeters (often double fences with electronic detection systems), mostly cell-type housing, a wide variety of work and treatment programs, an even higher staff-to-inmate ratio than low security FCIs, and even greater internal controls," according to the Bureau of Prisons.

Butner has the largest medical and psychological complex in the federal prison system.

Madoff joins other notorious figures at the complex: former Adelphia Communications CEO John Rigas, serving 15 years for a $2.3 billion securities fraud; Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind Islamic sheik sentenced to life for conspiring to blow up the United Nations headquarters and other New York landmarks; Jonathan Pollard, the ex-U.S. Navy intelligence analyst serving a life term for spying for Israel; and Carmine Persico, the former boss of the Colombo crime family sentenced to life for murder and racketeering.



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