R.Kelly’s plea to be moved out of solitary confinement has been granted as he has now joined the general population in prison.
R.Kelly was moved to the general population with other prisoners on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. However, his lawyers think he was only kept in solitary confinement as part of the plans to punish him.
R.Kelly’s lawyer also says that even though his life is at risk by joining other prisoners in the general population, security measures have been put in place to secure him from any harm.
He wll now be allowed 10 non-attorney visits instead of the previously allowed one. He’ll also have a longer leash for phone calls and emails.
The Posecutors say R. Kelly had previously asked to be placed in a secluded wing of the prison called the Special Housing Unit with no cellmates, at first. They say he eventually did get cellmates.
However, the Bureau of Prisons says the reason behind R.Kelly’s solitary confinement is because of his celebrity status and the nature of the charges he is been accused of.
His lawyers say that Instead of moving him to a number of floors that are available outside of general population, BOP moved Kelly to “the most restrictive floor,” in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Chicago where he is been held.