Thursday, March 12, 2009

Random Thoughts About 61727-054 Madoff

This is Bernie's Manhattan apartment. He always liked the hyphenated names favoured by European royalty. So now he has a new ritzy name with a hyphen in it, 61727-054. He's getting one a lot like it upstate someplace. And if he doesn't cooperate with the feds, they can downgrade his accommodations. If they really want to knock the smirk off his face, they can always send him to Florence, Colorado, which is designed to wear down even the toughest prisoners.

Wikipedia describes Florence as follows.

ADX Florence is a federal prison, comprising a 37-acre (150,000 m2), 490-bed complex at 5880 Highway 67, Florence, Colorado. It is one of three correctional facilities of the Florence Federal Correctional Complex (FFCC), each with a different overall security level.[2]

ADX Florence generally houses around 430 male prisoners, each assigned to one of six security levels.[3] ADX Florence was designed jointly by DLR Group and LKA Partners of Colorado Springs.[3]

About 22% of inmates have killed fellow prisoners in other correctional facilities; 35% have attempted to attack other prisoners or officers. As a result, most individuals are kept for at least 23 hours each day in solitary confinement. They are housed in a 7 ft (2.13 m) by 12 ft (3.66 m) room, built behind a steel door and grate. Their free hour is spent exercising alone in a separate concrete chamber. Prisoners seldom see one another, and the inmates' only direct human interaction is with correctional officers or other prison staff. Visiting from outside the prison is conducted through glass, with each prisoner in a separate chamber. Religious services are broadcast from a small chapel.

Part of the prison is a "stepdown" program, designed to encourage less antisocial behavior and eventually transfer prisoners out of the ADX and back to the Maximum Security population. The program is three years in length each year allowing more freedom and social contact with other inmates. Any violation during the program means participants revert to year one.

Most cells' furniture is made almost entirely out of poured concrete, including the desk, stool, and bed. Each chamber contains a toilet that shuts off if plugged, a shower that runs on a timer to prevent flooding, and a sink missing a potentially dangerous tap. Rooms may also be fitted with polished steel mirrors bolted to the wall, an electric light, a radio, and a television set that shows recreational, educational and religious programming.[4] These privileges can be taken away as punishment. The 4 in (0.10 m) by 4 ft (1.22 m) windows are designed to prevent the prisoner from knowing his specific location within the complex because he can see only the sky and roof through them. Telecommunication with the outside world is forbidden, and food is hand-delivered by correctional officers.

The prison as a whole contains a multitude of motion detectors and cameras, 1,400 remote-controlled steel doors, and 12 ft (3.66 m) high razor wire fences. Laser beams, pressure pads, and attack dogs guard the area between the prison walls and razor wire.

Eric Rudolph, the Olympic Park bomber, lamented in a series of 2006 letters to a Colorado Springs newspaper that the ADX is meant to "inflict misery and pain."[5]

Even though Madoff hasn't killed with his hands, there have been suicides attributed to him. Maybe they could bend the admission requirements to Florence. Here are some pictures of Florence ADX. It is one facility that might reflect adequately the magnitude of public disgustwith Madoff.


Bernard Madoff was sent off to Manhattan Correctional Facility (MCF) today. Some of my well traveled friends tell me it's not such an awful place. It certainly beats Riker's Island. People charged with federal crimes tend to be less violent. This makes the kind of satisfaction sought by his victims considerably less likely.

Bernie seems to be taking the fall for other people. It's kind of hard to believe that he pulled this scam off alone. His entire immediate family worked with him. Not only did his wife have a fancy office in his complex. Some of the Madoff victims recall her visits to her parents in the nursing home. She was busy pitching he hubby's financial expertise to some of the other nursing home residents. There is no way I can think of that this woman has clean hands. When you lie down with the dogs, you're bound to smell like one.

One thing that is highly suspect is the recurring assertion that the money the Madoffs can get their hands on now is has no fraud involved in its acquisition. I have a feeling that even the "honest" companies were tainted or somehow involved in Madoff's elaborate schemes.

It is painful for me to read Jewish names attached to such evil deeds as those perpetrated by Madoff and possibly his family. When a Jew does wrong, I feel personal shame, just as I feel pride in the achievement and contributions of Jews to the world. It's a feeling I can't shake. Because the Madoff's tended to play on friendship and ethnic affinity, a disproportionate percentage of the victims were Jewish. In a way this softens the stinging shame every time I see his face in the paper.

I hope this crime is studied by securities investigators in order that other crimes like it can be prevented and discovered. I hope that the Madoffs can be prevailed upon to assist in the recovery of the billions defrauded from their victims.

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