AN UNUSUAL START
Since his April conviction, Chauvin has been held at the state’s only maximum-security prison, in Oak Park Heights.
That’s unusual — people don’t typically go to a prison while waiting for sentencing. Chauvin is there for security reasons.
Most state prisons have a unit to separate inmates from the general population for safety or security.
HOW DOES THAT UNIT OPERATE?
Photos provided by the state show an empty cell in that unit has white cinderblock walls, slim rectangular windows, a metal toilet and sink, and a thin mattress on a fixed bedframe.
Chauvin has been kept there since his conviction, alone in a 10-foot-by-10-foot cell that is monitored by corrections staff via camera and in-person checks. He has meals brought to his cell and is allowed out for solitary exercise for an average of one hour a day.
Corrections spokeswoman Sarah Fitzgerald said Chauvin is allowed a maximum of 10 photos, a radio and canteen food. He also can subscribe to periodicals and have three or fewer non-contact visits each week.
She said the prison also uses a paid system that allows people to receive emails, which are printed out and provided to the recipient.
She said his ultimate placement hasn’t been determined, “but his safety will be our predominate concern.”
With credit for good behavior, Chauvin could get out on parole after serving two-thirds of his sentence, or about 15 years.