Raj Requested To Be Sent To Same Prison As Bernie Madoff

Raj Rajaratnam will be doing his 11 year sentence at Devens Federal Medical Facility in Ayer, Massachusetts – about 39 miles west of Boston, Bloomberg reported.

The Galleon Group founder will be processed there December 5.

But here’s the real kicker. You’ll remember that Judge Richard Holwell, who oversaw Raj’s case, recommended that Raj do his time in the federal medical facility in Butner, NC — where Bernie Madoff is currently serving his 150 years — because he sympathized with Raj’s condition.

Well, he did. But he also made the recommendation because Raj asked him to.

Maybe Raj had heard about Bernie “loving” jail in Butner.¬†

Last month, Larry Levine, president of Wall Street Prison Consultants, told Business Insider that although a judge will typically recommend a prison following a sentencing, the placement is usually random and depends on available bed space.

In Raj’s case, Judge Holwell noted his poor health and possible need for a kidney transplant when he announced the 11-year sentence – very light compared to the 24 years prosecutors asked for – and recommended a medical facility.

There are only five federal medical centres in the U.S., according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

According to Bloomberg, Devens is known for long-term inmates with medical needs – the facility houses a range of inmates such as white collar criminals to sex offenders.

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