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The previous Chicago police officer convicted within the taking pictures demise of black teen Laquan McDonald has been transferred to a New York federal correctional establishment that is been known as one of many nation’s “cushiest” prisons. Van Dyke was sentenced to lower than seven years in jail on his second-degree homicide conviction within the 2014 police taking pictures that drew widespread outrage. In a uncommon transfer, prosecutors have challenged the sentence. 


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Final month, Van Dyke’s spouse stated that he was transferred from an Illinois state jail to a federal jail in Connecticut, the place he was injured in an assault. Jail officers confirmed the assault at FCI Danbury in Connecticut, which they stated resulted in “minor accidents.”

Van Dyke is now at Otisville Federal Correctional Establishment in New York, in line with jail data. A U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesperson instructed CBS Chicago Van Dyke was transferred from Danbury to Otisville on Monday, however declined to disclose the explanation for the transfer.

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Otisville, a medium-security federal facility about 70 miles from New York Metropolis, was named by Forbes in 2009 as one of many “America’s 10 cushiest prisons.” The ability has an adjoining minimum-security camp that gives leisure actions together with weights, cardio tools, bocce ball, horseshoes, a handball courtroom, a tennis space and baseball and basketball subject, in line with the jail’s on-line handbook. Nonetheless, many of the inmates on Otisville’s campus — 710 out of a complete of 836 — are assigned to the medium-security federal correctional establishment or detention middle, in line with the handbook, with the remaining assigned to the camp. Inmates in each have entry to each a legislation and a “leisure” library, the handbook says.

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Otisville has been dwelling to quite a lot of high-profile and movie star inmates. A choose agreed to advisable that former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen serve his fraud sentence there, experiences The New York Occasions, although the federal Bureau of Prisons could have the ultimate say. Former New York State Meeting speaker Sheldon Silver, free on bail pending an enchantment of his federal corruption conviction, has additionally requested to serve his sentence at Otisville, the Occasions experiences. “Jersey Shore” actuality present character Mike “The State of affairs” Sorrentino is serving his tax evasion sentence on the minimum-security camp, in line with the Occasions.

The ability is usually requested by Jewish inmates, experiences the New York Occasions, as a result of it gives a full-time Hasidic chaplain who oversees prayer providers thrice day by day, non secular courses and Kosher meals.

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Absent a brand new sentence and with credit score for good habits, Van Dyke will possible serve round three years of his practically seven yr sentence in McDonald’s taking pictures. 

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Laquan McDonald

McDonald’s household has known as the sentence “a slap within the face to us and a slap on the wrist” for Van Dyke. Prosecutors have argued the trial choose didn’t appropriately apply the legislation in handing down the sentence and have requested the state supreme courtroom to evaluate it. Van Dyke is contesting the problem.

Police video of the taking pictures confirmed Van Dyke open hearth as the teenager, who was holding a knife, seemed to be strolling away. Van Dyke continued to shoot the 17-year-old whereas he was mendacity on the road. 


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