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Ghislaine Maxwell will serve 20-year sentence in low-security prison in Florida

Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted for helping the late billionaire Jeffrey Epstein groom and abuse underage girls. Photo: Getty

Ghislaine Maxwell has been sent to a low-security prison in Florida to serve her 20-year sentence for helping Jeffrey Epstein abuse underage girls.

Maxwell (60) was sent to FCI Tallahassee in Florida despite her lawyers’ requests that she be sent to FCI Danbury in Connecticut, another low-security prison that is known as “Club Fed” because of its amiable conditions, the Daily Mail reported.

Judge Alison Nathan had supported the lawyers’ suggestion, recommending to the Bureau of Prisons during the sentencing that Maxwell be sent to Danbury.

It is not clear why the law enforcement agency went against the Judge’s decision.

Nonetheless, the move to the low-security institution in Florida will likely be welcomed by Maxwell, who had repeatedly complained about the conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn where she had been held since she was arrested in July 2020.

Notable inmates at FCI Tallahassee – just a few hours’ drive from Epstein’s house in Palm Beach – include Colleen LaRose, a US citizen convicted of terrorism-related crimes who is also known as “Jihad Jane”.

Maxwell’s lawyers have said that she was held in solitary confinement in Brooklyn, forced to sleep under fluorescent lights, and given food with maggots in it.

She described her detention as “living hell”, and her lawyers claimed she was oppressively monitored in a way that “rivals scenes of Dr Hannibal Lecter’s incarceration” in the film The Silence of the Lambs.

Maxwell was convicted in December on five charges including sex trafficking, and was handed down a 20-year sentence at the end of June, as well as a fine of $750,000 (€733,000) for helping late billionaire Jeffrey Epstein groom and abuse underage girls.

At the sentencing, Maxwell apologised for the victims’ suffering, but stopped short of apologising for her actions.

Maxwell’s lawyers had asked for her to be incarcerated at FCI Danbury, in part so she could enroll in the Female Integrated Treatment programme “to address past familial and other trauma”.

The lawyers had previously claimed that her abusive father made her “vulnerable” to Epstein’s wishes.

Past famous inmates at FCI Danbury include singer Lauryn Hill and Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, which was written based on her experience at Danbury. 

Maxwell’s lawyers have said they will appeal the conviction and the sentence. (©Telegraph media Group Ltd 2022)

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