Judge Alison Nathan recommended that Ghislaine Maxwell serve her 20-year sentence in FCI Danbury in Connecticut at the request of Maxwell’s lawyers. However, the Bureau of Prisons overruled the decision, moving her to another low-security prison, FCI Tallahassee.
Before the relocation, Maxwell was housed at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where she was allowed to learn Russian and teach yoga and English. She will have the opportunity to continue these projects at FCI Tallahassee and participate in the many other activities offered, including business education, baking, and cosmetology courses. The Florida facility also offers talent shows, movies, track, Pilates, and softball.
Throughout her time at the Brooklyn detention center, Maxwell and her lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, complained of unfair treatment from the prison guards. In a statement earlier this month, Sternheim said that her client had “been vilified, pilloried and left little room for her to be treated fairly.”
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Maxwell stated that her sleep was interrupted regularly and that she’d stopped taking showers every day because of the “creepy guards who stand close and stare at me the whole time.”
Maxwell’s new prison is close to Jeffrey Epstein’s former home, where the two committed most of the sexual crimes against minors.
From 1994 through 2004, Maxwell assisted Epstein with grooming and abusing girls as young as 14.
Last December, after five days of deliberation, jurors found Maxwell guilty on five of the six federal sex trafficking charges.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Maxwell will be released on July 17, 2037.
Earlier this month, Maxwell’s lawyer filed paperwork to appeal her conviction, hoping to overturn her 20-year sentence. Maxwell continues to claim that she was a victim of Epstein and not a mastermind behind his sex trafficking ring.
During a public statement last December, Maxwell fell short of apologizing to the women she abused, stating only that meeting Epstein was the “biggest regret” of her life.