Mirror Online: LONDON, England – George Floyd’s killer Derek Chauvin is being held in a maximum-security prison alongside notorious criminals as he awaits sentencing.

The former police officer, 45, was taken straight to Oak Park Heights in Minnesota after he was found guilty of murder on Tuesday.
The disgraced cop – who knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes – is said to have been placed on suicide watch.

Chauvin has also reportedly been moved to a segregated unit – usually used for punishment – for his own safety within the prison.

According to the New York Times, the murderer is being kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.

Chauvin, who was convicted by a jury on three charges following a three-week trial, is expected to file a swift appeal.

A new mugshot of Chauvin was released by the Minnesota Department of Corrections (MDC) as details of his jail were revealed.

Chauvin is expected to be held in the prison for around eight weeks – Image: Irish Mirror

Reports say there is a camera in every cell at the 160-acre facility and the footage is continuously monitored by corrections officers.

Guards also carry out rounds and check on cells no less than every 30 minutes – although interaction with prisoners is minimal.

The prison is listed as one of the safest for high-risk offenders as the facility has never had an escape, and only one previous murder.

Such is its reputation, it was even featured on the TV show ‘America’s Hardest Prisons’ previously.

Chauvin is said to be in a 7ft by 10ft cell and will be sleeping on a thin mattress on top of a concrete slab, with a steel toilet to use.

There is a camera in every cell at the facility and the footage is continuously monitored by corrections officers – Image: Minnesota Department of Correcti

Oak Park Heights, a ‘level five’ prison officially known as Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights, was built in 1982.

Home to up to 473 inmates, it houses some of Mississippi’s most dangerous criminals and “operates at the highest custody level”.

Prisoners are said to be allowed some items, such as a pen, paper and toothpaste.

The newsletter is emailed out first thing every morning, at 12noon and every evening.

Books and magazines can also be permitted in some circumstances – but must first be approved by the authorities.

The MDC told CNN on Wednesday Chauvin had been moved over safety concerns, likely due to the high-profile nature of his crimes.

It said: “Administrative segregation is used when someone’s presence in the general population is a safety concern.”

Chauvin is expected to be held in the prison for around eight weeks, until he is hauled in front of a judge for sentencing.

He faces a minimum of 12-and-a-half years and a maximum of 40 years if he serves terms for each charge concurrently.

If served consecutively, Chauvin faces between 29 and 75 years.

Cheers rang out as the former cop, who is being held 25 miles from the city he worked in, was found guilty on Tuesday.

Jurors convicted Chauvin of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Mr Floyd, 46, was killed in May last year, sparking worldwide protests over police brutality and racism.

  • Top Feature Photo: Minnesota Department of Corrections