Harvey Weinstein wants to serve his 23-year prison sentence in a medical unit close to New York City — but may wind up at an infamous, maximum-security prison near the Canadian border, an ex-con who advised him on life in the slammer told The Post on Wednesday.
Weinstein’s lawyers filed sealed court papers asking Manhattan Supreme Court Justice James Burke to recommend that Weinstein, 67, be sent to a Regional Medical Unit at either the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon or the Mohawk Correction Facility in Rome, prison consultant Craig Rothfeld said.
But Burke declined to act on the request, Rothfeld said, leaving the decision up to the Department of Correction and Community Services.
He won’t be eligible for conditional release with good behavior in the New York case until around 2039, legal experts said.
If the high-profile sex offender is denied placement in a medical unit, he’ll likely wind up in the protective-custody wing of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, where the 2015 escape aided by “Shawskank” prison seamstress Joyce Mitchell took place, Rothfeld said.
Jennifer Scaife, executive director of the nonprofit Correctional Association of New York, said she didn’t think Weinstein deserved to be put in a medical unit, which is reserved for very ill inmates.
“If he’s able to get placed directly into a regional unit, it will be frankly because of his wealth,” she said.
But Weinstein, whose being temporarily jailed in a Rikers Island infirmary, could have a long wait. Prosecutors in Los Angeles said Wednesday that they started the process of extraditing him to stand trial there in a pair of 2013 sex attacks.
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