Aaron Hernandez is in solitary confinement of the Bristol County House of Corrections. The Boston Globe spoke to Thomas M. Hodgson, a Boston County Sheriff, about Hernandez.
“He’s been nothing but perfect,” Hodgson said. “I met with him when he first came in to lay the rules out. I said, ‘Here’s the deal. You won’t be treated any better or worse or get any special privileges here. If you have any issues or problems, tell command.’ He was very polite and very respectful. He didn’t seem nervous, he seemed very comfortable.”
“His cell is in perfect decorum,” said Hodgson. “He keeps a very neat cell.”
I had previously said in an article that I didn’t think an inmate serving time in a county jail – not a prison – would risk the additional time by attacking Aaron Hernandez. He wouldn’t need protections.
Hodgson addressed that.
“Every Sunday he went into a stadium where thousands of people cheered him and revered him,’’ said Hodgson. “In an instant he walks through our door, gets a new uniform, a longer number, and nobody’s cheering for him.”
“We have to be very careful,” said Hodgson, adding that inmates could attack Hernandez “to raise their stature.”
The Boston Globe asked some inmates for their opinion too.
“He’s a punk,” says one young inmate wearing the tan uniform of the convicted. “He’s a bum,” says another. “I don’t care about him,’’ says a third inmate. “I’m worried about myself.”