Madoff Sent to 5-By-9 Cell in N.C. Prison Where Jonathan Pollard Is Held


madoffBernard Madoff is on the move. The disgraced financier is headed to a federal prison in North Carolina. Madoff will be housed in medium security Butner Federal Correctional Institute just outside Raleigh — a facility he was to move into yesterday. The disgraced money manager was sentenced earlier this month to 150 years after running a Ponzi scheme that stole an estimate $50 billion from investors. The itinerary of Madoff’s daily routine will be ground hog day every day for the 71-year-old. He’ll wake up every morning at 6 a.m., have breakfast, then work his prison job, have some lunch and then its back to his prison job. Dinner will follow, along with visits from anyone who may want to say hello. He’ll be counted along with other inmates every three hours. And according to a former federal prisoner, he better watch his back.”It’s going to be cell living, standard prison cell. He’ll be locked down from, figure, 9 at night to 6 in the morning. He’ll be living out of a 2-foot by 4-foot wall locker,” Larry Levine said.

“He won’t have a lot of freedom. The institution has what’s called ‘controlled movement,’ which might be familiar for people back in high school where you had passing periods — where between classes you had a certain amount of time to get between areas. Well, a medium operates like that.”

Levine fears Madoff could be in a lot of trouble in that facility.

“I think he’s gonna be killed in prison. I think he’s gonna have to watch his back every minute,” he said.

Levine said Madoff will eventually have a roommate and they’ll both live in a cell that measures 9 feet long and about 5 feet wide — quite a change from his 7,000 square foot penthouse that’s now property of Uncle Sam.

Life as he knows it is most definitely over.

Among the well-known inmates being held at Butner are:

* John Rigas, founder of Adelphia Communications, and his son, Tim, the company’s chief financial officer. They were convicted on multiple charges of securities fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud.

* Jonathan Pollard, the American convicted of spying for Israel more than two decades ago.

* Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as the blind sheik, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1995 for his role in a plot to kill Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and blow up New York City landmarks, including the United Nations. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1995 and moved to Butner in 2007.

{NC Press/ Newscenter}


  1. Didn’t just recently report how “Ruth Madoff was gushing over the fact that
    Bernie would be in upstate NY, just 70 mi away–‘we’re so happy’,etc.”??
    It seems just about anything is reportable,even if it turns out to be a rumor, a notorious untruth,or just plain lie.

  2. Two criminals who both created chilulei hashem can now serve time together. Perhaps Polard and Madoff can introspect together how they harmed the Jewish people.

  3. Get the facts straight, it was not just a rumor, major news sources were reporting that Madoff was indeed in otisville. is not at fault.