Last week, Clare Bronfman’s attorney, Ronald Sullivan, Jr., filed a letter asking Judge Nicholas Garaufis to recommend to the Bureau of Prisons that Clare be assigned to the minimum security camp at the federal prison complex in Danbury, Connecticut or to another similar camp and to release her $100 million bail bond.
The judge agreed to both.
His order reads:
ORDER: Defendant’s request to exonerate bail is GRANTED. The court recommends to the Bureau of Prisons that Defendant be designated to the minimum security camp at Danbury, CT. So-Ordered. Ordered by Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis on 10/5/2020. (Gurian, Nico) (Entered: 10/05/2020)
It sounds promising for the heiress and she may well wind up in the minimum security women’s camp in Danbury with an estimated 78 other women.
However, the judge does not have the final say on where Clare is placed. That’s up to the Bureau of Prisons [BOP], which is a division of the United States Department of Justice, the same department that prosecuted Bronfman.
It might be argued that if the judge really wanted Clare to be placed in the Danbury camp, he would have specifically asked prosecutors in the Bronfman case to contact the BOP about Clare’s placement.
According to the Albany Times Union, the Danbury camp has “dormitory housing, relatively low staff-to-inmate ratios and limited or no perimeter fencing, according to the prisons bureau. The prison camp at Danbury has over the years offered a baseball field, volleyball net and walking track.”
[The volleyball might seem a little like home for Clare, who used to watch Keith Raniere play volleyball on Friday nights along with many of his other female devotees.]
Satellite view of Danbury camp.
- Most of the inmates were convicted of drug offenses.
- All inmates work 7-1/2 hours a day and earn between 12 and 40 cents an hour. [Ironically, Clare was convicted of underpaying her illegal alien workers]
- Chores include cooking and serving food, cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, mowing the grounds, and plumbing.
- Inmates wear khaki pants and tops.
- The median age at the camp is 38 [Clare is 41]
- The median prison term is 37 months. [Clare was sentenced to 81 months]
- Inmates are allowed to sit next to visitors in a special room without being separated by barriers – at least they were pre-COVID.
Bronfman is presently being held in the East Tower at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn as she awaits an assignment to a permanent prison. She will likely be at MDC for several months before being transferred to her permanent prison.
Raniere is being held in the West Tower at MDC as he awaits sentencing, which is scheduled for Oct. 27. The two are unlikely to see each other as prisoners generally are not moved from one tower to the other.