Hernandez called ‘model citizen’ in unit for murder suspects

Hernandez called ‘model citizen’ in unit for murder suspects

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Aaron Hernandez is finally being confined to the unit at Boston’s Nashua Street Jail which is exclusively reserved for those who have been accused of committing a murder. According to Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins who revealed this news Tuesday, Aaron is also allowed to mingle with other detainees. Tompkins has also informed that Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player accused of murdering three people in two counties, has remained a model citizen ever since he was transferred to Boston in July from the Bristol County jail, where he was kept in isolation and accused of assaulting a corrections officer.

Over a telephonic interview, Tompkins revealed that “He’s been absolutely no problem to us whatsoever. He’s a good pretrial detainee. He has created no ruckus, nor problem.’’ Hernandez has been considered part of the general population which allows him to mix with the 32 other people in his unit charged with murder. He is also free to decide whether he wants to remain confined to his cell or not. The jail where Hernandez stays has been divided into different cells and divisions and detainees are supposed to spend their time here while they wait for their trial.

Tompkins said, “The only guys that are on the unit with him are guys that are awaiting trial for murder. I don’t know that I would describe this as freedom. It’s not like he’s got free mobility through the entire building and to go to another unit.’’

Peter Van Delft, a spokesman for Tompkins, has informed that at the moment there are 575 people who are awaiting trial at this jail which includes Hernandez and the 32 others charged with murder. Those detainees who have been tagged as good standing are allowed to spend up to eight hours out of their cells every day however they are not allowed to leave their units. And according to what we have heard from the officials, the eight-hour window for recreation means that if the majority of detainees agree to do so, Hernandez and others could watch Patriots games or other sporting events.

“They tell me he’s a pretty good athlete,’’ said Tompkins, noting that Hernandez has used the basketball courts. “Any privilege that any other inmate is allowed would be afforded to Mr. Hernandez.’’

source: bostonglobe

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