The previous Chicago police officer convicted within the taking pictures dying of black teen Laquan McDonald has been transferred to a New York federal correctional establishment that is been known as one of many nation’s “cushiest” prisons. Van Dyke was sentenced to lower than seven years in jail on his second-degree homicide conviction within the 2014 police taking pictures that drew widespread outrage. In a uncommon transfer, prosecutors have challenged the sentence. 

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Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke

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Final month, Van Dyke’s spouse stated that he was transferred from  from an Illinois state jail to a federal jail in Connecticut, the place he was injured in an assault. Jail officers confirmed the assault at FCI Danbury in Connecticut, which they stated resulted in “minor accidents.”

Van Dyke is now at Otisville Federal Correctional Establishment in New York, in accordance with jail data. A U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesperson instructed CBS Chicago Van Dyke was transferred from Danbury to Otisville on Monday, however declined to disclose the rationale for the transfer.

Otisville, a medium-security federal facility about 70 miles from New York Metropolis, was named by Forbes in 2009 as one of many “America’s 10 cushiest prisons.” The power has an adjoining minimum-security camp that provides leisure actions together with weights, cardio tools, bocce ball, horseshoes, a handball court docket, a tennis space and baseball and basketball subject, in accordance with the jail’s on-line handbook. Nonetheless, a lot of the inmates on Otisville’s campus — 710 out of a complete of 836 — are assigned to the medium-security federal correctional establishment or detention middle, in accordance with the handbook, with the remaining assigned to the camp. Inmates in each have entry to each a regulation and a “leisure” library, the handbook says.

Otisville has been residence to quite a few high-profile and celeb inmates. A decide agreed to really helpful that former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen serve his fraud sentence there, reviews The New York Instances, although the federal Bureau of Prisons could have the ultimate say. Former New York State Meeting speaker Sheldon Silver, free on bail pending an enchantment of his federal corruption conviction, has additionally requested to serve his sentence at Otisville, the Instances reviews. “Jersey Shore” actuality present persona Mike “The Scenario” Sorrentino is serving his tax evasion sentence on the minimum-security camp, in accordance with the Instances.

The power is usually requested by Jewish inmates, reviews the New York Instances, as a result of it gives a full-time Hasidic chaplain who oversees prayer providers thrice day by day, non secular courses and Kosher meals.

Absent a brand new sentence and with credit score for good conduct, Van Dyke will doubtless serve round three years of his almost seven 12 months sentence in McDonald’s taking pictures. 

Laquan McDonald


McDonald’s household has known as the sentence “a slap within the face to us and a slap on the wrist” for Van Dyke. Prosecutors have argued the trial decide didn’t appropriately apply the regulation in handing down the sentence and have requested the state supreme court docket to evaluate it. Van Dyke is contesting the problem.

Police video of the taking pictures confirmed Van Dyke open fireplace as the teenager, who was holding a knife, seemed to be strolling away. Van Dyke continued to shoot the 17-year-old whereas he was mendacity on the road. 


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