Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been moved to the state’s highest-security prison, where he is in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.
A jury pronounced Chauvin guilty on all three counts in George Floyd’s death after roughly 10 hours of deliberation.
Chauvin was transported to the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights after the verdict. He was immediately moved to an isolated wing of the prison.
Chauvin will be alone in his cell — which contains a bench, mattress pad, shower, and toilet-sink combination — 23 out of 24 hours per day. Chauvin will be allowed to exercise during the one hour he is allowed out of his cell.
“The isolated cells, which hold around 41 inmates, are closely monitored by prison guards, who are expected to check on prisoners ‘at least’ every 30 minutes,” Forbes reported. “[I]nmates are also monitored by a mental health professional if they are in the cells for more than 30 days.”
The prison is about 25 miles east of Minneapolis. It is considered “one of the safest for high-risk offenders as the prison has never had an escape, and only one homicide,” according to Forbes.
Sarah Fitzgerald, spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, said in a statement to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that “Administrative segregation is used when someone’s presence in the general population is a safety concern.”
Chauvin will stay at the maximum-security prison at least until sentencing, which is set to take place in June.
Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. The charges carry penalties of up to 40 years, 25 years, and 10 years in prison, respectively.
Chauvin’s defense team is expected to appeal the convictions.