Derek Chauvin is segregated from other inmates in state’s ‘most secure unit’

Derek Chauvin’s new booking photo. (MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS/TNS)
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Paul Walsh Star Tribune (TNS)

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin spent his first night in prison since his conviction for murdering George Floyd segregated from the other inmates, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Chauvin, found guilty Tuesday in connection with Floyd’s death on May 25, is being housed under a form of solitary confinement called “administrative segregation” for the fired Minneapolis police officer’s own safety while being held at the Oak Park Heights Prison until sentencing in June, said agency spokeswoman Sarah Fitzgerald.

He is residing in the Administrative Control Unit, or ACU, “the state’s most secure unit,” Fitzgerald said.

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“Administrative segregation is used when someone’s presence in the general population is a safety concern,” she added.

Chauvin is among 41 inmates currently in the ACU. Like Chauvin, some are there under administrative segregation, while others are in the unit for disciplinary reasons and are afforded fewer privileges.

Fitzgerald said Chauvin “will have on average an hour a day out of his cell for exercise alone, (and his) meals are delivered to his cell.”

All ACU cells are monitored by cameras, with corrections officers also doing rounds at least every 30 minutes, she said.

Jurors in Hennepin County District Court found the 45-year-old Chauvin guilty on all counts — second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Verdict documents filed with the court Wednesday showed that the jury foreperson signed the second-degree murder sheet at 1:44 p.m. Tuesday and the sheets for the other two counts a minute later.

Judge Peter Cahill read the verdicts at 4:07 p.m. Tuesday. Chauvin then had his bail revoked, was handcuffed behind his back and led out of the courtroom by sheriff’s deputies.

Chauvin was turned over to the Department of Corrections and booked at about 4:55 p.m. Tuesday into Oak Park Heights while he awaits sentencing. It is the same prison where he was housed after his initial arrest.

In the meantime, a pre-sentence investigation will be done and be submitted to the court ahead of Chauvin learning his punishment.

He is in a single cell and will not have contact with other incarcerated people.

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