Ghislaine Maxwell shares her cell with serial drug dealers armed with aggravated assault convictions and threatening someone with a foot-long machete.
The sex offender, 60, is serving her sentence at Florida’s FCI Tallahassee prison and shares her sleeping quarters with Manda May Rowell and Shacara Bryant, who have led very different lives from the wealthy British socialite.
Rowell and Bryant have more than 70 convictions between them and are each serving five years for drug trafficking in the low-security federal prison.
Ghislaine Maxwell shares her cell with serial drug dealers with a very different upbringing than hers
Shacara Bryant, a 36-year-old mother of two, was first arrested aged just 14 for aggravated assault
Manda May Rowell, 30, found with two pounds of methamphetamine and a loaded .380 semi-automatic pistol in a motel room in 2018
Rowell, 30, was found with two pounds of methamphetamine and a loaded .380 semi-automatic pistol in a motel room in 2018, according to The Mirror.
US Attorney Marc Krickbaum wrote in the former Taco Bell employee’s sentencing report, “She was on probation at least three times and was unsuccessful once.
“She has a very significant conviction for using a ‘machete with a blade about a foot long’ to threaten a person.
“The need to protect the public from the criminal acts of this defendant is very real and should be given strong consideration by this court when determining a sentence.”
Bryant, a 36-year-old mother of two, was first arrested aged just 14 for aggravated assault and was convicted of launching a deadly missile into a building.
The former KFC employee was arrested 37 times and caught selling 100 grams of crack.
At sentencing in 2019, Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich awarded Bryant the lowest sentence sought by prosecutors due to his difficult upbringing.
A source told the Mirror: “Ghislaine’s bunk mates could not have come from a more different and difficult upbringing than her.
“While she received everything and everything she wanted, life was not good for Manda and Shacara.
“They were told by their two trial judges that they were masters of their own destiny after having had many chances to change, but it is impossible to imagine a childhood more different from all the privileges granted to Ghislaine.
Rowell (pictured) and Bryant have more than 70 convictions between them and are each serving five years for drug trafficking in the low-security federal prison
Inside FCI Tallahassee
While some have compared Maxwell’s prison to “Disneyland” after her horrific time at the Brooklyn Detention Center, the sex offender will still be under a strict regime at the Tallahassee facility.
His movements will be controlled and the prison will open doors to allow him access to certain parts of the prison at certain times of the day.
However, in her dorm – which has a bathroom, a quiet room and a TV room – she will be able to move around freely.
According to Coulman, Maxwell’s day will start at 5 a.m. when the lights come on. She will have breakfast at 6 a.m. and lunch at 10:30 a.m. – the early hour is to allow the kitchen to feed the entire population.
The facility is run down, damp and some women will “hate” it because of its fame, said Holli Coulman, co-founder of Pink Lady Prison Consultants.
Former inmates at the facility said it was ‘brutally hot’ in the summer with temperatures reaching 106F in the Florida sun.
Since weights are banned in prison – they could be used as weapons – yoga is a popular choice for keeping fit.
After 30 days, inmates are given longer-term work, such as being a clerk and managing payroll for a construction crew.
Maxwell sleeps in a 120-bed dorm in Unit B South, which are separated into small “cul-de-sacs” of two bunk beds.
The area has no door and each inmate has their own locker in which anything they buy must fit.
Maxwell works at the prison law library and can visit the store every two weeks where she can spend a maximum of $360.
In the establishment, the sex trafficker became best friends with the infamous double killer Narcy Novack.
The couple would have spent long hours talking, laughing and joking.
Their similar ages – Maxwell being 60 and Novack, 65 – as well as their rich backgrounds and long sentences would have cemented their bond.
Maxwell was sent to prison late last month after being sentenced to 20 years for helping billionaire sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein abuse underage girls.
Novack was jailed in 2012, after being found guilty of orchestrating the deaths of her millionaire husband and stepmother.
Tallahassee Prison is designated as a low-security prison, which means inmates can take various courses and even complete internships.
But it may be more like a summer camp where inmates are encouraged to do gardening, baking, cooking and housekeeping, yoga, pilates, weight training, softball and frisbee.
Prison consultants said Maxwell will clean toilets, bathrooms or do the dishes before being given long-term work like managing payroll or reading water meters.
Maxwell and Novack’s day begins at 5 a.m. when the lights come on. Breakfast is served at 6 a.m. and lunch at 10:30 a.m. – the early hour is to allow the kitchen to feed the entire population.
The Bureau of Prisons website says Maxwell can be released on July 17, 2037.
The choice of prison was contrary to the recommendation of Judge Alison Nathan, who oversaw the trial, following a request by Maxwell’s attorneys to send him to FCI Danbury in Connecticut.
Maxwell is at FCI Tallahassee (pictured) where she will serve her 20-year sentence. It’s just hours from Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion, where she helped him sexually abuse young girls
A photo of the interior of the Tallahassee Federal Correctional Institution where the couple are now located
Maxwell has to wear khakis at FCI Tallahassee, and she’ll be woken up at 5 a.m. every day for breakfast at 6 a.m.
The socialite complained bitterly about her treatment at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where she was held following her arrest in July 2020.
Her lawyers accused prison authorities of violating her rights by lighting a torch in her cell every 15 minutes and subjecting her to invasive searches while filming her at all hours.
FCI Tallahassee, which opened in 1938, has 755 inmates and houses only women.
According to the prison handbook, Maxwell is woken up at 6 a.m. every day and given an inmate ID card that she must carry at all times.
Each period of the day is announced on the tannoy and includes exercise sessions and work periods.
The prison manual states that the only approved uniform is: khaki pants, khaki shirt, underwear, bra, socks, and permitted shoes.
A khaki dress is also allowed.
According to a prison consultant, Zoukis Consulting Group, yoga is available for inmates at FCI Tallahassee as well as pilates, weights, softball, flag football and frisbee – English is also taught for those who want to. learn.
There is also a track for running – Maxwell is known to be an avid jogger.
Cosmetology is also offered as a trade for inmates to learn, an activity that may include massage. Maxwell’s convictions were based on underage girls being brought to Epstein for sexualized massages.
FCI Tallahassee has been the subject of controversy in the past, and in 2007 six guards were convicted in a sex-for-smuggling scandal.
Guards traded items like gum, perfume, makeup, and bras for sex with women inside.
In 2021, the BOP settled a lawsuit in which 15 women alleged sexual abuse by corrections officers at the facility.
Notable FCI Tallahassee detainees include terrorist Colleen LaRose and Earth Liberation Front member Chelsea Gerlach.