Paul Manafort serving pretrial detention as 'VIP' at Virginia jail
Paul Manafort gets to enjoy his pre-trial stint behind bars as a VIP.
The former Trump campaign chairman was booked into Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia just before 8:30 p.m. Friday night, according to jail records. Earlier in the day, Judge Amy Berman Jackson revoked Manafort’s bond amid allegations of witness tampering.
Records listed his housing unit at the 500-bed facility, located about 90 miles south of Washington D.C., as VIP. While he’s currently the only one with the splashy designation, he’s not the only high-profile figure who has been forced to take up residence at the facility.
When disgraced quarterback Michael Vick turned himself in on federal dogfighting charges in November 2007, a judge ordered he be jailed at Northern Neck Regional for the three weeks leading up to his trial.
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He was supposed to serve his entire 23-month sentence at the Virginia jail, but was eventually transferred to Leavenworth in Kansas.
In 2014, musician Chris Brown was booked into Northern Neck — located just five miles from his hometown of Tappahannock — while he awaited his D.C. trial on a misdemeanor assault. Both he and his bodyguard were charged with punching a man attempting to board Brown’s tour bus parked outside the W Hotel.
Manafort, 69, will remain in pretrial detention until his September trial on charges stemming from his business dealings — including money laundering and conspiracy. Special Counsel Robert Mueller requested the court revoke his bond and accused Manafort of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
The former Trump campaign chair pleaded not guilty to all charges before his was carted off to Northern Neck Regional Jail.
The sprawling facility, expanded three times since it was established in the 1980s, is tucked just behind the welcome sign to the rural city Warsaw, which has a population of about 1,5000. It’s surrounded by loops of barbed wire and boasts amenities like a recreation yard where inmates like Manafort are allowed to keep in shape and play sports.
Manafort will also be able to keep in touch with those on the outside — each inmate is typically allowed to have one visitor at the facility per week.
With News Wire Service