Investigator: What's next for Jimmy Dimora

1:20 PM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
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Jimmy Dimora will spend 28 years in prison for his conviction on charges related to the Cuyahoga County corruption investigation.

Dimora will not be eligible for the lowest level security facilities, nicknamed prison "camps," because he was sentenced to more than ten years. These camp faciltities have no fences or locking cell doors and the inmates have a certain amount of freedom.

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He would also not be incarcerated in a high-level security federal prison given that his crimes did not involve any violence. The choice prison officials will make will likely be low- or medium-level prisons. Both are locked-down facilities from the outside, although the low-level has no locking cell doors while the medium-level security facilities do. 

One of the biggest adjustments Dimora will have to make is in his diet.

There will be no more Delmonico's steaks for the former commissioner.

He will be served the same food and portion sizes as every other inmate.

Salisbury Steak is about the closest Dimora will get to a Delmonico's steak in prison. It's on the menu three times a month.

For lunch, there's frank-n-beans on the menu five times a month. Saturday night dinner is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with chips and an apple. No extra helpings. But he will get fruit at every meal.

Former Cuyahoga County Recorder Pat O'Malley served 14 months at a federal prison in Youngstown. He says Dimora will have plenty of time to recreate and read.

"I read 146 books while I was there. I kept a log of the books and actually critiqued them, said O'Malley."

It won't be a life of leisure all the time. Dimora will work.

If his health or weight are issues, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman says Dimora may just empty trashcans all day or do basic facility maintenance. His work day will start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Lights are out by 11:30 p.m. Dimora will also have a bunk mate.

He will no longer be the "big man on campus."

A prison spokesman said Dimora will likely be placed in a medium security prison, presuming he receives 20 years or more as sentence, as many expect.

That means he will be locked in his cell, in a locked building during inmate count, lockdowns while he is sleeping.

He'll be restricted on where can go in prison and the amount of time he has to get from point A to point B.

He'll eat in a large mess hall.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons will make the assessments of Dimora's health concerns, whether he should be in a low or medium level, and what type of prison job he will work. This should all be done within a few days of sentencing.

The bureau also tries to place prisoners within 500 miles of their home, of which about 30 of the low- and medium-level facilities qualify under.  


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