By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/21/2013 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
As the former Pfc. Bradley Manning heads back to Leavenworth, Kansas to serve his sentence, what kind of life can he expect? According to all accounts, it will not be an easy one.
FORT LEAVENWORTH, KA (Catholic Online) - Pfc. Bradley Manning has already seen the inside of the Leavenworth military prison, having stayed there for a period while awaiting trial. Although it is possible he could be sent anywhere, the military prison at Fort Leavenworth is the most likely destination for Manning.
Fort Leavenworth houses the most serious military inmates and those who have sentences over 10 years in length. Additionally, it is the military's only maximum-security facility and can house over 500 inmates.
Manning is not likely considered maximum-security, and will probably find himself in a medium security housing situation.
Leavenworth military prison was once an imposing stone-built structure where inmates lived a harsh life similar to what we might expect in the movies. Life in dark cells was dreary and regimented. Hard labor meant just that an inmates were commonly put to work on back-breaking manual projects.
However, the new military barracks opened in 2002, and those facilities are quite modern, and it is said that inmates prefer them more. The prison is well-lit and spacious, which decreases some of the stress inmates face. However, life is still strictly regulated and the staff is constantly vigilant.
At Leavenworth, Manning will enjoy no privacy. Staff and cameras will monitor all his actions and interactions, even when he is sleeping. His cell will be just large enough for himself, furnished with a metal bunk for a thin mattress, a toilet and sink combination, and a small metal writing desk built into the wall.
The entrance to and a cell at Leavenworth military prison.
This is a housing unit for prisoners, also called a pod. Manning is likely to living inside this unit or another like it.
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