Virginia jail says Manafort is not receiving 'special privileges'

Source: The Hill | June 18, 2018 | Aris Folley

Ted Hull, the superintendent at the Virginia jail where Paul Manafort is being held, said President Trump’s former campaign chairman is not getting any “special privileges.”

Manafort was sent to the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw on Friday after a judge revoked his bail and house arrest amid accusations from the special counsel that Manafort had attempted to tamper with potential witnesses.

According to NBC News, Manafort’s housing unit in the jail was originally listed as “VIP-1.”

Hull later said the categorization was a mistake, and the detail had been wiped off of Manafort’s listing.

Hull said the listing drew considerable backlash from concerned citizens who kept calling him inquiring about Manafort’s housing status.

“I’ve probably gotten a dozen calls — people saying, ‘I want to know why he’s in VIP!'” Hull said. 

“All that is is a name and number,” Hull said. “It’s a small, fully functional, self-contained cell unit for high-profile inmates.”

According to NBC, a regular unit holds anywhere between eight and 16 cells with a shared common shower, whereas the VIP unit holds all of the commodities regular inmates share but for a single inmate.

“There’s no special privileges for him,” Hull said further of Manafort’s current housing status. “There’s nothing special about him beyond the notoriety of his particular situation.”

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