Michael Cohen is set to spend 3 years in a 'cushy' prison that's been called a 'castle behind bars'

  • Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday.
  • He pleaded guilty to charges that include lying to Congress about his involvement in a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow and making payments in 2016 to two women who said they had affairs with the president.
  • He will serve out his sentence at a Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, which New York Magazine described in 2016 as “cushy.”
  • Here’s what we know about the Otisville prison, the place Cohen will call home for the next three years.


The Otisville Federal Correctional Institution, in upstate New York, is a two-hour drive from Manhattan.

Google MapsThe Otisville Federal Correctional Institution.

The medium-security Federal Correctional Institution is adjacent to a minimum-security satellite camp and a detention center.

Photo Credit: Federal Bureau of PrisonsOtisville Federal Correctional Institution.

The all-male correctional institution houses 840 inmates.


In 2009, Forbes ranked it as one of America‚Äôs “10 Cushiest Prisons.” Bernie Madoff, Forbes reported, “wanted to spend the rest of his life” there.

Picture credit: Federal Bureau of Prisons


Source: Forbes,
Times-Herald Record


New York Magazine reported that Otisville is one of the best prisons for practicing Jewish inmates. They have access to full-time rabbis. New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver hoped to spend his sentence there.


Source: New York magazine


The prison has its fair share of visitors. In 2009, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer visited the prison to push for more federal funding to address understaffing.


According to the New York Post, inmates at Otisville celebrate Memorial Day and Fourth of July cookouts serving hamburgers, hot dogs and watermelon.


Source: New York Post

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