To “regular folks,” celebrities often seem like they are on top of the world. As children, we are often taught to strive for fame and fortune, but it often feels impossible to attain it. However, it’s obviously possible. Celebrities were all just children and teens striving for greatness, but what happens after you actually attain it? Unfortunately for Bill Cosby, the worst does.
After being found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman many years earlier, Bill Cosby was sent to criminal housing in Pennsylvania. The 81-year-old Cosby spent four months in this special housing so that he could get acclimated to the prison lifestyle. Now legally blind, decision makers thought that it was important not to put a high-profile convict into too difficult a situation too quickly.
Now, that is changing. Cosby has officially been sent to a single cell in SCI-Phoenix in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. After being treated as a special inmate for a while, it’s possible that he goes through some rough patches during the next three to ten years.
Bill’s wife Camille and his daughters are not too far away from SCI-Phoenix (20 miles from their family estate), but according to his spokesman Andrew Wyatt, they won’t be coming to see him there. In a quote from AP News, Wyatt says, “He doesn’t want to have them in that environment. Why put them in that position, to make it turn into some form of a circus?”
Now that Cosby is in his new facility, a few inmates are in charge of helping him out a little bit. His age and blindness could get in the way of him obtaining essential supplies and completing necessary activities, so decision makers decided they would assign the inmates to aid him.
Inmates at this facility are allowed several hours a day in any free time that they please. That could be reading books in the library, lifting weights in the gym, getting out in the exercise yard, or hanging out in various common rooms.
According to AP News, Cosby often starts his day by doing crunches and leg lifts. He must be having a difficult time exercising in his older age, but it’s great to hear that he is still trying. Wyatt says, “He hasn’t stopped thinking about the things that he’s going to do when he gets out.”
While it’s good that he is looking forward to it, he may be clinging to some desperate hope in getting out before his sentence is up. His wife Camille is working behind the scenes to try to appeal his sentencing, but it doesn’t look likely.
With an estimated $40 million fortune and so much public negativity surrounding his sexual assault, you might expect Cosby to run into some trouble while he’s in this new prison. While he surely deserves to be in jail for his crimes, let’s just hope that everyone can get out of this situation safely, that Cosby learns his lesson after all doing his time, and that the victim can feel better going through her daily life.
What do you think about Cosby’s sentencing?
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