The superintendent of the Virginia jail where former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort is being held stated he will not receive any special privileges, saying he’s contained in a “cell unit for high-profile inmates.”
Manafort was sent to Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia, on Friday after a judge revoked his bail amid special counsel Robert Mueller saying he was tampering with witnesses, NBC News reports. (RELATED: MANAFORT JAILED: Bail Revoked For Alleged Witness Tampering)
“There’s no special privileges for him,” superintendent Ted Hull told NBC. “There’s nothing special about him beyond the notoriety of his particular situation.”
The jail’s website previously had Manafort listed under a “VIP-1” housing unit, but Hull said that this was a mistake. The jail chief confirmed “VIP 1” is just the name and number of his cell that differentiates it from the others.
Hull received a number of calls from people demanding to know why Manafort was placed in VIP housing, he says.
“It’s a small, fully functional, self-contained cell unit for high-profile inmates,” Hull explained.
Manafort’s cell has its own shower and dayroom due to his relatively high-profile status, whereas others share common spaces, but he will receive no other added benefits.
Hull says he usually tries to keep high-profile inmates’ names anonymous, and Manafort’s name was later taken down. The website now says “Not Displayable” where his named used to be.
Other high-profile inmates reportedly previously held at Northern Neck Regional Jail include former NFL quarterback Michael Vick and hip-hop singer Chris Brown.
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