Ghislaine Maxwell won’t be moved into general population, she has to stay in solitary


Ever since Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on July 2nd, the Keep Ghislaine Alive Until 2021 Challenge has been on. The forces-that-be wasted little time disposing of Jeffrey Epstein when he was imprisoned in the same Brooklyn detention center. The fact that Ghislaine has already survived roughly seven weeks is a good thing, although this sh-t can change in an instant. All it would take would be one off-the-record visit from AG Bill Barr. All it would take is one or two bribes to a few guards. All it would take is another prisoner somehow ending up in Ghislaine’s space for just 10 seconds. And so the federal judge is trying to avoid all that. Ghislaine Maxwell already asked to be moved to the general population of the detention center and the judge rejected that request yesterday:

A federal judge has denied Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to be moved to the general prison population, saying changes to her confinement are unnecessary at this time. Lawyers for Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend, who faces charges of recruiting, grooming and abusing minor girls as young as 14-years-old, asked the judge to transfer her out of a high-security cell in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, to allow her to better prepare for her defense.

In denying the request, US District Court Judge Alison Nathan noted that the Bureau of Prisons has allowed Maxwell access to materials 13 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Should facts on the ground change such that the Defendant is not being provided sufficient access to her legal materials, defense counsel may seek intervention by the Court,” the judge wrote.

The judge also rejected Maxwell’s earlier request to modify prison surveillance, which she claimed involved being secretly watched by prison psychologists for several hours every day. In denying that request, the judge said that Maxwell “has provided the Court with no evidence, and no reason to believe, that the surveillance measures are motivated by improper purposes.” Prosecutors are required to provide written updates every 90 days about any significant changes to Maxwell’s confinement, according to the order.

Maxwell, 58, was arrested on July 2 and charged with recruiting, grooming and ultimately abusing three alleged victims. Maxwell pleaded not guilty to the charges and has been detained until her trial, which is set for July 2021.

[From CNN]

It’s good news, I suppose. The judge wants to keep Ghislaine alive. But I do wonder if *people* will still find a way to get to her. I also find it bizarre that Ghislaine really wanted to be in general population. What was she going to do there? Try to make friends? Try to groom and abuse more young women? No. She would have gotten her ass handed to her. As for Ghislaine’s paranoia that she’s been watched every day by psychologists… um, is she?

Ghislaine Maxwell is seen in this court sketch as she appears before NY Judge Alison Nathan

Photos courtesy of Backgrid, WENN.

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  1. Marjorie says:

    Epstein was in the Metro Correction center in Manhattan, not Brooklyn where they are keeping Maxwell.

  2. KellyRyan says:

    I’ve yet to read any reason for the decision to keep her isolated. My hunch would be keeping her sequestered, away from others to keep the pressure up to flip.

    • AMA1977 says:

      She’s isolated because of the unique circumstances surrounding the case and the fact that she can be better monitored and kept safe/alive in isolation vs. general population. Her co-defendant died shortly after incarceration under exceeding unusual circumstances and keeping her in isolation may increase chances that she will live until the trial.

    • Jane's Wasted Talent says:

      I thought that pedophiles were typically isolated regardless, because the other prisoners will attack them? I agree it’s bizarre that she wants to be in gen pop.

    • Jaded says:

      Prison justice. Even hardened criminals will not tolerate pedophiles or rapists and they WILL find a way to do away with them if the offender is not kept in solitary under 24/7 watch.

  3. MarcelMarcel says:

    I wonder if being in the general prison population would allow her to somehow pass on messages to the outside? It’s the only motivation that’s makes sense but I’d love to hear a criminologists perspective.
    She also managed to stay alive and free for months on US soil. It’s possible that she’ll be murdered in custody. It’s also equally she struck a protection deal with powerful nefarious figures in response to Epstein’s death.
    Also, AG Bill Bar is so shady!

    • SomeChick says:

      This is my take too – she wants to get a phone or something else smuggled in to her. She may also believe she could manipulate a cellmate to do what she wants.

  4. Ariel says:

    The statement does not seem to oppose the sentiment that she is being watched. The statement seems to say that she would have to provide proof that the psychiatrists watching her were doing so with improper motive.
    So, apparently, she is being watched.
    She deserves whatever punishment she gets (i am anti-death penalty in all cases), but imagine solitary, plus being watched all the time.
    Not sure how she is hanging on to her sanity.
    Sounds like a nightmare.

    • paranormalgirl says:

      I’m sorry, but what? She SHOULD be living a nightmare after what she helped put those poor innocent CHILDREN through.

    • Diana B says:

      Of course she is being watched. Epstein was supposed to be watched as well to keep him from comitting suicide. She has to be for the same reason.

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  5. Amiblue says:

    Good. She deserves every bit of hell that gets handed to her. Would that she had given the same consideration to the girls she targeted that she is asking for now.

  6. julia says:

    Sounds like she’s looking to be killed as an easy way out. Sorry Ghislaine, you’re not getting off that easy.

  7. JennyJenny says:

    She’s probably hoping someone in the general population will take her out. She cannot possibly want to stay around and face what’s coming…

  8. Janice says:

    Well I hope she stays in solitary so she stays alive. That way I’m hoping she’ll spill the beans on Trump and all his nastiness. Oh god, I hope that happens.

  9. Candikat says:

    A couple of clarifications are needed here:
    1) Correctional culture still espouses the belief that high-profile inmates and sex offenders are more likely to be exploited, tortured, or murdered by their fellow inmates. Ghislaine is both high-profile and a child sex offender. She’s not going to gen pop ever.
    2) Ad seg (administrative segregation or protective custody) usually means an inmate is in a solitary cell for 23 hours a day. Possibly even more in COVID times, right now they might be allowed out for only 3 hours per week. If you’re housed there for your own protection as Ghislaine likely is (as opposed to being punished for dangerous/disruptive behavior in the jail) then you can have books to read, materials with which to write, access to snacks from commissary, phone calls, etc. It’s not always as brutal as you might think, but it’s still isolating and mentally unhealthy IMO. Most inmates prefer gen pop where they can move about their units more or less freely during the day, make friends, watch the communal TV, eat meals together, commiserate, etc. Whether gen pop provides more access to prohibited contact or contraband from outside is entirely institution-dependent.
    3) Prison psychologists are overworked and underpaid, and there are exceedingly few of them per prison. The idea that they’re sitting behind a one-way mirror taking notes on her every move is absolutely absurd. There may be some sort of closed-circuit video that allows the COs to monitor specific inmates for extreme behavior, but there’s zero chance that any one person is glued to the screen at all times.