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Reality Check: Prison life for Richie Farmer


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer is just days away from leaving civilization for 27-month stay at USP Hazelton.

The inmate handbook, given to all prisoners as they check into the federal prison in Bruceton, West Virginia, goes into great detail about what's expected of each inmate.

Hazelton is a high security prison. There is an adjacent minimum security satellite camp, which is where Farmer will reside.

The orientation manual goes through the inmate's daily routine. Farmer will have to be up every weekday morning at 6:00AM and 7:00AM on weekends and holidays. His bed will have be made, military style, by 7:30AM. He's responsible for cleaning up after himself and making sure trash in his wastebasket is empty by 7:30 every morning, as well.

Inmates are limited to five books, three newspapers and five magazines, which are to be stored in a foot locker provided in each cell.

Farmer will only be able to possess one radio and watch.

As for jewelry, inmates can have a plain wedding band and the value can not exceed $100.

Farmer has until 11:59PM Tuesday to report to prison. Farmer pleaded guilty to misuse of state funds while agriculture commissioner.


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