Former FTX head Sam Bankman-Fried is sent to the only prison in the Bahamas. There, due to a shortage of space, some inmates just awaiting trial end up in high-security wings. Review of Crypto-Upvotes experts
Former FTX head Sam Bankman-Fried is headed to the notoriously poor conditions of the Bahamas’ Fox Hill prison. After a court ordered him into custody and denied him bail, Business Insider reports.
Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange, was detained in the Bahamas on Dec. 12 upon official request from the U.S., where criminal charges were filed against him. Bankman-Fried is charged with several counts. These include scam, money laundering and campaign finance violations.
While awaiting extradition to the U.S., Sam Bankman-Fried will spend time in the Bahamas’ only prison. Fox Hill Prison, notoriously overcrowded and unsanitary. A judge has ordered that he be sent to that prison. Where he will first be held in the medical ward.
The Bahamas has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. Thus, according to the U.S. State Department’s 2020 Human Rights Report, there were 409 prisoners per 100,000 people. The University of Lausanne calculates that the average for the Council of Europe’s 48 prison administrations as of January 2020 was just over 103 inmates per 100,000.
Conditions of confinement at Fox Hill prison
Due to the large number of prisoners in the Bahamas, Fox Hill is overcrowded. As a result, conditions are declining. Lack of space and overcrowding have led to some inmates simply awaiting trial being placed in a maximum-security unit. Local attorney Romona Farquharson told The Wall Street Journal.
Inmates are supposed to go outside for an hour a day, the lawyer said, but because of staff shortages, there are periods when inmates see only 30 minutes of sunlight a week.
The U.S. State Department’s Human Rights Report on the Bahamas. Which was published in 2021, reports that, according to Fox Hill inmates. They had to scavenge with buckets and were forced to lie on the hard ground for long periods of time.
The report says there is an infestation of rats, maggots and insects in the small cells of the high-security unit. They have no mattresses, no toilets, and can hold up to six inmates at a time. Detainees complained of poor food and denial of prompt medical care.
Sam Bankman-Fried applied for bail Dec. 13. But a justice of the peace in the Bahamas denied the request. The trading platform founder was deemed a flight risk and detained until at least Feb. 8, 2023, when his case will resume.