Robert Sylvester Kelly, usually generally known as R. Kelly, is 55 years earlier and has been positioned on suicide watch. Earlier this week, he was sentenced to 30 years in jail for federal racketeering and intercourse trafficking bills. Jennifer Bonjean, Kelly’s lawyer, instructed PEOPLE in a press launch launched July 1 that inserting Kelly on suicide watch was “purely punitive” on account of he’s a “high-profile inmate” and violates his Eighth Amendment rights.
Bonjean thinks it’s scary to put Kelly on suicide watch. Bonjean instructed CNN that inserting any individual on suicide watch after they don’t appear to be suicidal actually hurts them additional. But the disgraced R&B singer is suing the detention coronary heart the place he’s being held, MDC Brooklyn, saying that he’s not suicidal and that it’s a “cruel and unusual punishment,” as reported by PEOPLE in courtroom paperwork. “MDC has a policy of putting high-profile people on suicide watch, even if they aren’t suicidal,” Bonjean acknowledged. “This was done with Ghislaine Maxwell just recently.”
Bonjean moreover wishes a brief lived restraining order to get Kelly out of confinement on account of suicide watch is so harsh that it “can and does cause serious mental harm” to a prisoner who is not going to be suicidal, Bonjean acknowledged in courtroom paperwork. “Inmates are stripped of their clothes and underwear and put in a smock made of a material similar to what movers use to wrap furniture,” the grievance says. It moreover says that inmates are “usually put in a single cell without bed rails and given no comfort items.”
“They can’t shower or shave, and sometimes they don’t even get toilet paper. Meals don’t come with utensils, so inmates have to eat with their hands. They can’t talk to their families or other people who can help them,” the grievance says. “Of course, they are watched around the clock by prison staff, but people on “suicide watch” don’t even get psychiatric care.
An particular person from the Bureau of Prisons instructed PEOPLE that they couldn’t say one thing instantly about Kelly’s jail time. The assertion acknowledged, “For safety and security reasons, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) does not give information about an inmate’s conditions of confinement or internal security practices.”
“The BOP is committed to making sure that all of our inmates, our staff, and the public are safe and secure. Treating the men and women in our care in a humane way is a top priority. The BOP does not comment on pending litigation or things that are in court.”
Bonjean acknowledged she had requested Kelly to ship her an e-mail after he was taken once more to the federal facility on Wednesday after he was sentenced, nonetheless she not at all heard from him. She hasn’t heard one thing from the detention coronary heart about his standing until prosecutors requested for information, Bonjean acknowledged.
CNN acknowledged that after a six-week trial with 45 witnesses throughout which Kelly was accused of 9 crimes, along with one rely of racketeering and eight counts of breaking the Mann Act, which is a regulation in opposition to intercourse trafficking, a jury found him accountable closing September.
Kelly was given a 30-year sentence in federal jail on June 29. after a very long time of claims of sexual abuse. During the five-week federal trial in Brooklyn, people who say Kelly harm them sexually or bodily testified. People who knew the disgraced R&B singer when he married the late singer Aaliyah in 1994 when she was 15 and he was an grownup on account of she thought she was pregnant have been moreover in courtroom. Kelly’s authorized professionals have requested for him to get a jail sentence of 10 years or a lot much less.