Prison Hell for Aaron Hernandez

Apr 16, 2015

At trial Aaron Hernandez was frequently observed smirking and even cracking jokes with his defense team, but life in prison for the newly convicted murderer isn’t going to be any laughing matter. 

The ex NFL jock will soon be shipped to one of Massachusetts’ most notorious maximum security prisons where he’ll begin serving a life sentence for the execution of best buddy, Odin Lloyd, without any possibility of parole.

The high profile 25-year-old former football pro -- once worth $40-million to the Patriots -- will be Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center’s biggest celebrity inmate, and that’s wherein the danger lies.

Prison officials are already concerned about Hernandez's safety during his lifelong incarceration there because he may encounter enemies inside who no one knows about yet, or even rival gangs that see the Bloods' most famous wannabe member as an irresistible target.

selfie of Bloods wannabe Aaron Hernandez

Additionally, there’s the very real threat of a “headline-seeking” inmate attempting to harm or even murder Hernandez, acts of violence commonly committed by those aiming to make a name for themselves and thereby improve their social standing.

In short, "there could be prisoners with a beef who are out to get him," a prison spokesman conceded yesterday. "Then he's going to have to be separated, and it's going to be challenging for prison officers and perhaps for him.”

Hell unto itself, critics of solitary confinement claim, although in reality most prisoners spend upwards of 19 hours daily locked up in their jail cells anyway.

At the moment however, penitentiary life will commence for Aaron Hernandez more or less as any other felon’s would: With an effort to safely integrate him into the general population.

As to prison staff, there’ll probably be some who "will treat him like an animal that he is,” and others who “will want his autograph and treat him like a star," says repeat-offender Larry Levine, whose firm now advises other convicts headed to jail.

Regardless of that outcome though, life behind bars for a man who, up until now, has lived the highlife and gotten away with murder, will be drastically different on all accounts.

"There's very little to do" at Souza prison, assures Leslie Walker, executive director of Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts. After all, "it was built as a punishment facility,” she  reminds. “The thing in corrections is that you don't want people to like it there. Some people have been there since it opened, and those people are excruciatingly bored or scared, or both."

It’s also a place that, just like its newest inmate, is plagued by drugs and violence.

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