Simpson's jail conditions far from Miami luxury


When O.J. Simpson became inmate number 02648927 early on Saturday morning, everything else about his life changed, too.

The 61-year-old fallen football star and avid golfer who spent recent years in a ranch-style home in the lush Miami suburbs now lives in a 7-foot-by-14-foot cell at the Clark County Detention Center.

The once gregarious entertainer doesn't have a cellmate. He lives in the company of white, concrete block walls, a small toilet and sink, and a wooden bed covered with a thin cushion. He likely has a view of a downtown Las Vegas street through two slit windows.

This will be Simpson's home until at least Dec. 5, when he is scheduled to be sentenced after being convicted on 12 charges, including armed robbery, kidnapping and assault with use of a deadly weapon.

Simpson is expected to live out the rest of his sentence in the Nevada state prison system.

For now, Simpson and Clarence "C.J." Stewart, a partner in the botched hotel room heist that landed them both in jail, are separated from the rest of the inmate population, for their protection, police said. Police would not comment further on Simpson's conditions.

In a booking photo taken minutes after the guilty verdict was read, an emotionless Simpson wore his jail-issued prison blues. He also was issued a pair of bright orange, plastic slippers. Inmates don't get shoes.

 

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