Inmates at Ghislaine Maxwell prison are 'preparing for her arrival'

‘She would get the ‘s**t’ beaten out of her’: Inmates at Danbury prison where Ghislaine Maxwell will serve 20 years are ‘preparing for her arrival’ warns former prisoner saying ‘women are worse than men about sex crimes – they think of their children’

  • Maxwell’s lawyers have requested she serves sentence at Danbury Institute
  • Former inmate warned the socialite faces potential beatings from other women
  • Jacqueline Polveari said Maxwell could clean toilets and eat maggoty food 

Ghislaine Maxwell has been warned she faces ‘getting the s*** beaten out of her’ in Danbury prison where she is expected to serve her 20-year sentence.

The socialite’s attorneys have requested she serves her sex trafficking term at the minimum-security federal prison in Connecticut that served as the inspiration for Orange is the New Black and previously held Lauryn Hill and Teresa Giudice.

The facility, which houses men’s and women’s prisons, is known as ‘Club Fed’ for its cushy programs for inmates, including a ‘wide variety of hobby craft and music’ as well as circuit training, aerobics and over 50 fitness classes.

But the 60-year-old’s hopes of a smoother ride after a horrific two years in her Brooklyn detention center have been derailed by Jacqueline Polverari, who served less than a year in Danbury for mortgage fraud.

She warned inmates are already preparing for the arrival of the new famous convict and the prison will ‘not be a picnic’ for her, with maggot-ridden food and toilet cleaning duties on top of the fears for her safety.

It also comes after experts warned that Maxwell faces constant surveillance being a high-profile sex criminal, after she reported threats to her life in Brooklyn. 

Polveari told the New York Post: ‘She will have a rough six to eight months. I’ve already gotten emails from women who wrote to say that they hear Maxwell will be coming this way.’

Ghislaine Maxwell has been warned she faces ‘getting the s*** beaten out of her’ in Danbury prison where she is expected to serve her 20-year sentence

The socialite’s attorneys have requested she serves her sex trafficking term at the minimum-security federal prison in Connecticut

‘They’re preparing for her arrival, already requesting that they don’t want her in their dorms. And the camp counselor won’t put Maxwell where she is not wanted, for fear that she may get hurt.’

Maxwell, who is likely to request a transfer to the UK after serving three years of her sentence, gained notoriety for conspiring with pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein to abuse young women and girls.

Polveari warned:  ‘Women are worse than men about [prisoners convicted of] sex crimes. You have mothers there. They see a white woman charged with a sex crime and they think any one of their children could have been her victim. She [Maxwell] would get a lot of flak. She would get the s*** beaten out of her a bunch of times.’

Polveari began her sentence on the same day as Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice, who was jailed for fraud charges in 2015.

Maxwell’s legal team claimed a fellow prisoner was previously offered money to strangle her in her sleep in Brooklyn

Aerial photos show the prison, which boasts a running track, a baseball pitch and a well-manicured lawn with trees and pathways

A bunk bed inside a cell at Danbury prison is pictured in the late 1980s

The reality star hired a consultant to help set her up with people inside the jail and she had a mentor waiting for her when she arrived. 

Maxwell’s cell will be an 8ft by 8ft cubicle with a bunk bed and two lockers, with 30 cubicles in each dorm.

Polveari said there were often maggots in the oatmeal and Maxwell could be assigned janitorial work, meaning she has to clean toilets in the morning until lunch. 

The convicted sex trafficker, who is vegan, previously complained about the ‘inedible’ food at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, but now she may have to eat the same food as every other inmate.

Maxwell filed more than 100 complaints during her 22-month stay in Brooklyn.

Her legal team claimed a fellow prisoner was offered money to strangle her in her sleep and there were also fears she could be shot dead by a sniper.

On top of the potential violence from other inmates, she was also placed on suicide watch out of concerns she would follow her former lover Jeffrey Epstein in killing herself in prison.

The prison has held previous inmates including singer Lauryn Hill, reality TV star Teresa Giudice, and Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black

The convicted sex trafficker, 60, is likely to serve her sentence at the Danbury, Connecticut, federal prison that inspired Orange Is The New Black

Sarah Krissoff, a white collar crime partner at Day Pitney, told the MailOnline: ‘There is no doubt that Maxwell dealt with challenging conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center, particularly in light of the fact that she was imprisoned during Covid. 

‘Now that she is sentenced, she will be transferred to a facility for sentenced inmates. 

‘Those facilities are much better equipped to handle inmates who are incarcerated for long periods of time and offer a wider array of services, such as educational and recreational programming and more extensive medical and mental health services. 

‘The Bureau of Prisons generally designates defendants who are convicted of sex-related crimes, or crimes against children, to a few facilities that are experienced in handling those types of inmates, so I expect they will be able to handle the safety concerns.’

The lawyer added: ‘Maxwell’s lawyers have repeatedly indicated that she is not a suicide risk, and it generally isn’t feasible to have someone on suicide watch for an extended period of time.’

Maxwell reported that jail staff in Brooklyn had threatened her safety, prompting employees to place her on suicide watch, prosecutors had said.

Danbury Federal Correctional Institution, which opened in August 1940, has held previous inmates including singer Lauryn Hill, reality TV star Teresa Giudice, and is thought to be the inspiration for the Netflix show ‘Orange is the New Black’

In court filings on Saturday before her sentencing, Maxwell’s lawyers said she was placed on suicide watch at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) and asked for a delay to her sentencing. 

On Sunday, prosecutors argued no delay was needed because Maxwell had her legal documents and could get the same amount of sleep.

They said Maxwell was transferred after reporting threats to her safety by MDC staff to the federal Bureau of Prisons’ inspector general.

Maxwell refused to elaborate about why she feared for her safety, prosecutors said. She told psychology staff she was not suicidal.

On Saturday, Bobbi Sternheim, who represents Maxwell, submitted a letter to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathon, stating that she had been placed on suicide watch. 

Sternheim claimed this was done ‘without having conducted a psychological evaluation and without justification,’ with Maxwell allegedly wearing a ‘suicided smock,’ a large piece of fabric that can’t be used to fashion a noose, and placed in solitary confinement. 

Sternheim argued Maxwell’s sentencing needed to be postponed while she remains on suicide watch, even if the lawyer claimed she ‘is not suicidal.’ 

Sternheim condemned the treatment of her client, who she said was not event permitted to hold a pen or paper inside solitary confinement.  

‘If Ms. Maxwell remains on suicide watch, is prohibited from reviewing legal materials prior to sentencing, becomes sleep deprived, and is denied sufficient time to meet with and confer with counsel, we will be formally moving on Monday for an adjournment,’ Sternheim wrote. 


Your honor, it is hard for me to address the court after listening to the pain and anguish expressed today.

The terrible impact on the lives of so many women is difficult to hear and even more difficult to absorb, both in its scale and extent. 

I acknowledge their suffering and empathize deeply with all of the victims in this case.

I also acknowledge with that I have been a victim of helping Jeffrey Epstein commit these crimes.

I realize I have been convicted of assisting Jeffrey Epstein to commit these crimes. My association with Epstein will permanently stain me. 

It is the biggest regret of my life that I ever met him.

I believe Jeffrey Epstein fooled all of those in his orbit. His victims considered him a mentor, friend, lover. 

It is absolutely unfathomable today to think that was how he was viewed contemporaneously. 

His impact on all those close to him has been devastating. And today, those who even knew him briefly or never met him but were associated with someone who did, have lost relationships, jobs, and had their lives derailed.

Jeffrey Epstein should have stood before you. In 2005. In 2009. And again in 2019. All the many times he was accused, charged, prosecuted. 

He should have spared victims the years of chasing justice. 

But today is ultimately not about Epstein. It is for me to be sentenced and for the victims to address me alone in court.

To you I say: I am sorry for the pain you experienced. 

I hope my conviction along with my harsh incarceration brings you closure.  

I hope this brings the women who have suffered some measure of peace and faintly to help you put those experiences of so many years ago in a place that allows you to look forward and not back.  

I also acknowledge the pain this case has wrought to those I love, the many I held and still hold close, the relationships I have lost and will never be able to regain. 

It is my sincerest wish to all those in this courtroom and all those outside this courtroom that today brings a terrible chapter to an end.

And to those of you who spoke here today and those who did not, may this day help you travel through darkness into the light. 

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