Here's What It's Like For Bill Cosby Inside Prison

Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to 3–10 years in prison for raping a woman in 2004.

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Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison on Tuesday for raping Andrea Constand in 2004.

More than 60 other women have accused the 81-year-old former comedian of drugging and sexually assaulting them over the course of decades.

Judge Steven O’Neill, who presided over the Constand case, denied Cosby bail and sent him straight to booking at the Montgomery County jail.

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Cosby was later transported to the State Correctional Institution Phoenix in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

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SCI Phoenix is a maximum security prison spanning 1,652 acres. The prison, which just opened in June, holds 3,830 beds.

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According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Cosby wasn't initially given a cellmate because of his high profile, but prison officials are hopeful that he'll eventually join the general population of inmates.

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“We have a lot of inmates that come in with a lot of needs,” Pennsylvania Department of Corrections spokesperson Amy Worden told BuzzFeed News about Cosby, who is legally blind.

“Our facilities are prepared to handle any kind of infirmity and the elderly. We have quite a large elderly population growing more elderly by the day because we have life without parole.”

Worden said Cosby will be able to have contact visits with his wife but that conjugal visits are not allowed in the state.

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Cosby is now classified as a sexually violent predator, which means he has to register as a sex offender and attend counseling for the rest of his life.

He's also subject to community notification if he’s ever released from prison.

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The prison where he will spend the next few years of his life also has a gym, barbershop, and nondenominational religious service rooms, as well as over 30 classrooms.

Worden also said the prison has a secure residential treatment unit, special observation unit, and a diversion therapeutic community.

There are also three main dining rooms for all of the inmates.

A prison menu for the month of September shows that inmates can choose from either a meat or vegetarian option for lunch and dinner. According to the menu, Wednesday’s lunch was a choice of a breaded poultry patty or bean paste, and dinner was a choice of poultry or soy stir-fry.

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The open space pictured below is where the prison holds contact visits, when inmates are allowed to embrace their visitors.

The rooms with the gray doors on the left are where inmates can have no-contact visits, speaking via telephones to visitors who are divided by a glass wall.

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According to Worden, the Pennsylvania prison system is accustomed to housing celebrity inmates in other facilities, like rapper Meek Mill and former college football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Worden said both Mill and Sandusky were originally in protective custody away from other inmates, but were eventually integrated with the general population.

PennLive published a video last October that shows a tour of the new facility for a more in-depth look.

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