Bill Cosby begins prison sentence at SCI Phoenix

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SKIPPACK TOWNSHIP, MONTGOMERY COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Entertainer Bill Cosby spent the first night of his prison sentence Tuesday at SCI Phoenix, a new 3,830 bed state correctional institution in suburban Philadelphia.

Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to a term of 3-10 years in prison following his conviction for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.

Corrections officials say he’s now being processed and will meet with staff from the medical, psychology and the records departments.

Cosby, who is legally blind, is being housed in a single cell in a unit adjacent to the prison infirmary. Officials say he will be allowed phone calls and visitation in accordance with policy as well as opportunity to exercise during the classification process.

“We are taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure Mr. Cosby’s safety and general welfare in our institution,” says Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “The long term goal is for him to be placed in the general population to receive the programming required during his incarceration.”

During his sentencing, Judge Steven O’Neill called Cosby a “sexually violent predator” and ordered that once released Cosby register as a sex offender.

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