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Inside jail disgraced Derek Chauvin is being held away from inmates for ‘safety’

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George Floyd's killer is being held in a maximum-security prison "for his safety" while he awaits sentencing for murder.

Former Minnesota cop Derek Chauvin was hand cuffed and driven to Oak Park Heights correctional facility after he was found guilty of third and second degree murder on Tuesday, April 20.

Chauvin was also found guilty of manslaughter following the death of Floyd on May 25, 2020, which went viral and fuelled a series of Black Lives Matter protests worldwide.

He is now being held in a segregated unit – usually used for punishment – for his own safety within the prison.

The cop is reportedly on suicide watch and will report to a doctor for a mental health check once every three months, the New York Times reported.

Chauvin is currently being kept in a solitary confinement cell for 23 hours a day, which is monitored by corrections officers and a camera.

Guards will reportedly carry out rounds and check on cells no less than every 30 minutes, with interaction with prisoners kept to a minimum.

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Oak Park Heights in Minnesota is listed as one of the safest high-risk facilities in the United States.

It has never had an escape and prior to Chauvin's admittance, there was only one previous murder.

The prison was even featured on the TV show America's Hardest Prisons, which commended the guards for their strict regime and tough behavioural policy.

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It is understood Chauvin will be sleeping on a thin mattress on top of a concrete slab, with a steel toilet to use.

There is also reportedly a chair and a small shower in the right hand corner.

Prisoners are said to be allowed some items, such as a pen, paper and toothpaste.

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On Wednesday April 21, the Minnesota Department of Corrections said Chauvin had been moved to maximum-security for his own safety and high-profile nature of his crime.

It said: "Administrative segregation is used when someone’s presence in the general population is a safety concern."

Chauvin pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter, but was found responsible for the death of Floyd by a unanimous jury.

He faces a minimum of 12-and-a-half years for Floyd's death and a maximum of 40 years if he serves terms for each charge concurrently.

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