- Ghislaine Maxwell has been transferred to a low-security prison in Florida.
- The Federal Bureau of Prisons would not say why Maxwell was transferred, citing privacy concerns.
- The Florida prison where Maxwell was transferred offers “leisure activities,” according to its handbook.
Convicted sex trafficker and disgraced British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been transferred to a low-security prison in Florida where inmates can partake in a range of recreational activities — including arts and crafts and sports like softball.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed to Insider on Monday that Maxwell — who was sentenced last month to 20 years in prison for trafficking girls to have sex with Jeffrey Epstein and sexually abusing them herself — was moved on Friday from Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn to the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Florida.
The bureau would not reveal why Maxwell was transferred, citing, “privacy, safety, and security reasons,” but said it transfers inmates “based on a number of factors,” including the “level of security and supervision the inmate requires,” and “any medical or programming needs.”
The Florida prison where 60-year-old Maxwell has been transferred offers “leisure activities and recreation programs” for inmates that “help develop an individual wellness concept for participants,” according to the prison’s handbook.
“Programs include indoor and outdoor activities, and range from individualized arts and crafts programs to intramural team sports such as softball, basketball, and volleyball,” the handbook says.
It adds, “Physical fitness and weight reduction programs are also important activities for inmates and contribute to mental health, good interpersonal relationships, and stress reduction. In addition, inmates can learn to use their free time constructively.”
It’s unclear what activities Maxwell would have access to in prison.
Maxwell is appealing his guilty verdict. Maxwell’s attorney, Bobbi Sternheim, filed a notice of appeal on July 7 in federal court in Manhattan. In court, Maxwell said she was singled out by prosecutors because Epstein died in jail while awaiting trial. Sternheim said Maxwell didn’t have sufficient materials to prepare for her own trial in jail.
In addition to a 20-year prison term, Maxwell must remain under supervision for five years after her release and pay an array of fines. She will not have to pay restitution to her victims because they received money from the Epstein Victims’ Compensation Program.