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According to the Bristol County Sheriff, former Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been moved into a “Class 2” jail cell after spending five days in a medical unit having his mental health evaluated. According to Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, Hernandez is isolated in his new cell with no interactions with the general population.
Jail officials were evaluating Hernandez’s mental health because of his drastic change in lifestyle going not just from a professional athlete to accused murderer but from a million dollar 7,100-square-foot home with a gourmet kitchen, home theater, and luxury bathrooms to a simple 7-by-10 foot cell with a toilet. Going from a professional hero that people placed on a pedestal to someone that people want nothing to do with could mess with anyone’s mental health, but that does not seem to be the case for Hernandez.
Hernandez, who is currently being held without bail after pleading not guilty plea to first degree murder, has been adjusting well to his new home despite facing life in prison without the possibility of parole. Hodgson says Hernandez has “been very polite, very respectful. He doesn’t seem nervous, which is unusual for someone who’s never been incarcerated before.” Guess Hernandez did learn something about demeanor and keeping a poker face from his time with the Patriots. Either that or the seriousness of the charge he is facing has not set in yet, or he is aware of information that we do not know yet that could benefit him, or maybe he is accepting the consequences of his actions. He could just be mentally tougher than most of us regular folks. Whatever it may be, Hernandez has plenty of alone time to ponder and evaluate his priorities.
A look into the new life of Hernandez reveals one in which he is allowed “three hours out of his cell each day. That’s an hour outside, by himself, an hour to shower and make phone calls, and another hour to see visitors,” according to Hodgson. He is currently in solitary confinement as a precaution for his own safety. Jail officials are worried about the threat of other inmates that might want to “make a name for themselves.”
Jail officials have also been assessing all of Hernandez’s tattoos for possible gang affiliations, although Hernandez has denied any gang connections according to the Boston Herald. The initial assessment came up empty but officials are still being cautious at this point.