Aaron Hernandez’s Prison Conditions Are Miserable

  • Matt Rudnitsky

Aaron Hernandez Jail Cell

In jail, Aaron Hernandez is being treated like shit. Of course, if he did indeed murder Odin Lloyd, he is shit. So, people won’t be too upset to hear how awful the conditions are in his cell.

The Boston Globe has all the details. Here are some lowlights.

Hernandez, charged in the first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd, is not just in prison, but confined to a “special management unit.” He is kept away from other inmates because of his high profile. He started off in the medical unit, where doctors evaluated his mental health and the gang intelligence unit inspected his numerous tattoos for affiliations that could spark jailhouse violence.

“We have to be very careful,” said Hodgson, adding that inmates could attack Hernandez “to raise their stature.”

Protect the large man.

For one hour a day, Aaron Hernandez gets to breathe fresh air and maybe get some sunshine amidst the chain-link fencing, roof, and razor wire. He does sit-ups, knee bends, and push-ups on the concrete floor, according to prison authorities.

Staying big.

Hernandez has never complained about his treatment and has eaten all his meals. He has made only one special request, asking for more protein in his diet. That request was denied, according to Bernie Sullivan, a Bristol County spokesman.

Not staying big.

For 21 hours per day, Hernandez is locked in a 7-foot-by-10-foot single cell. There is no air conditioning, no television, no coffee, and no weight room.

“This is not the Ritz,” said Hodgson.

You probably thought he was at the Ritz. He’s not.

According to the no-nonsense sheriff, Hernandez has been a model prisoner. “He’s been nothing but perfect,” said Hodgson. “I met with him when he first came in to lay the rules out. I said, ‘Here’s the deal. You won’t be treated any better or worse or get any special privileges here. If you have any issues or problems, tell command.’ He was very polite and very respectful. He didn’t seem nervous, he seemed very comfortable.”


Hernandez’s day begins at 6 a.m. when a slot in the door is opened and his breakfast tray arrives.

“He’ll get an egg — one egg, and a portion of grits,’’ said Hodgson. “He’d likely get a small muffin square and a choice between milk or juice. We actually serve Tang now to cut costs. But believe it or not, it actually has a higher nutritional value than orange juice and it’s cheaper.’’

One egg definitely fills up Aaron Hernandez.

Hernandez is allowed to read up to two books at a time and write letters. There are no video cameras in his cell. The lights are turned off each night at 11.

“I know he likes to read,” says Hodgson. “We sent him down a copy of ‘Tuesdays With Morrie.’ I recommended he read it.”

It’s odd that he likes to read given all of the other activities available to him.

The former Patriot is allowed to leave his cell three times per day, for an hour each time. In the morning, he can make collect calls and take a hot shower in a narrow stall…

Lunch on a recent day was a cheese burrito, served with two slices of bread and rice. A typical supper is a beef burger, rice and beans, green beans, fruit, fortified juice, and water.

Wait, it gets worse.

His uniform is now dark green, the color of pretrial prisoners. They look like New York Jets colors.

I hope that your grandmother doesn’t live in these conditions. Unless she’s a murderer. If so, fuck your grandmother.

[Boston Globe]

Photo via the Globe, of a similar jail cell to Hernandez’s