February 2nd, 2009
09:32 AM ET

Cage Your Rage with O.J. Simpson

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Gabe Falcon
AC360° Writer

After several days of processing at his temporary home at Nevada's High Desert Prison, O.J. Simpson is now spending his days at Lovelock Correctional Center, a vast complex roughly 93 miles away from Reno. It's an impersonal kind of place. But it could be worse for "The Juice." Lovelock has a woodshop, high school and as you'll see, dozens of self-improvement courses to choose from.

According to the Public Information Officer, Simpson is "doing fine," and since he is not a Level I offender, the officer said he "has all the rights and privileges that a person in his classification would have."

"Doing fine" may be a stretch for the state's most famous convict. He's in close custody, which apparently means Simpson has a cell to himself, which comes out to 80-square-feet of alone time. Overall, Lovelock Correctional Center has space for 1,489 offenders. They reside in four housing units. It's a medium-security prison. And with good behavior, the residents, like Simpson, can possibly enjoy a wealth of extracurricular activities.

There's an expansive list of programs for inmates at Lovelock. The prison's web site says they are "set up in a progressive step system that continues through the various levels of the management system." Here are some of them:

Chemical Dependency
Men in Crises
Music Program
Re-Entering Family/Society
The Angry Self
Thinking for Change
Vital Issues Project (parts 1,2,3)
12 Steps Program
Cage Your Rage
Errors in Thinking
Expanding Your Horizons (parts 1,2,3)
Math Skills (parts 1,2,3)
Parenting Skills
Raising a Son
Resumes and Interviews
Domestic Violence
Anger Work Book
Goal Setting
Study Skills
Re-Entering Family/Society
What IS Anger

Considering that Simpson could be behind bars for at least 15-years, brushing up on his resume may not be such a great class to consider. Possibly the "Cage Your Rage" or "Anger Work Book" may be more suitable, given his conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping. If all goes well for Simpson, there's also a possibility he may trade his cell for a camp. Lovelock has conservation camps for inmates, provided they "meet specific criteria." With those camps comes the possibility of being assigned to the state's Division of Forestry crews. Who knows? If you're driving through Nevada, maybe you'll see O.J. Simpson alongside the highways, helping to clean up the road. Wave to him.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon • OJ Simpson
soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. Jack

    O.J. Simpson was found not guilty in a criminal court where lawyers on both sides, consultants, witnesses, jurors and the judge were more interested in literary agents than justice. That disturbs me regardless of the public presumption of guilt. He was found guilty in a second trial in a civil action. That disturbs me. In this latest action, there is no doubt he was sentenced on the basis of the first trial and not his reaction to some sleazey thieves who were selling his stolen personal property. That disturbs me. I am not discounting Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman but I am also mourning the perversions of the Justice System as a tool to "get Simpson!" That is not how the system is supposed to be used.

    February 3, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  2. Beppo

    Jessica, you have no idea what you're talking about. Who, huh, WHO is being empathetic for Casey Anthony? Read the papers, watch the news. Casey Anthony is the lowest form of life on earth and most Americans think so. People like you, ignorant people, are living in a fantasy world. OJ is just another criminal. Black people put him on a pedestal because of his fame and his skin color and called it a "victory for black America" when he was acquitted. Blah, blah, blah. Did you hear white America saying it was a victory for them when Robert Blake was acquitted? No. Did they hold celebrations? NO!!! This, to me, is racism.

    February 3, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  3. Cassandra

    I do not care much for Mr. Simpson, but I do believe that the criminal Justice System in Las Vegas Nevada was missed-used by the judge in this case, and many other Las Vegas Nevada receiptants. From a legal stands there were many things that should have happen in this case by the judge presiding over this case, but did not. I think that the judge in case should review her oath again, she must have forgotten about integrity. She has unclean hands.


    February 3, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  4. mary

    why have they not found the killers,because they got him, oj.

    February 3, 2009 at 9:00 am |
  5. tom

    If memory serves me correctly, in the LA trial, some of the evidence was tainted or planted, thus bringing into question all the evidence. If that had not happenned, he would have been found guilty, even if he is innocent ( I was not convinced of his guilt or innocence at the time). The glove trick in the courtroom was pretty cool though. What drug could he have taken to swell his hands, thus making the glove not fit.

    February 3, 2009 at 5:34 am |
  6. melody

    As far as I'm concerned, O.J. is just exactly where he belongs. It's just too bad it took so long to get him there. I hope he hates every single minute.

    February 3, 2009 at 4:43 am |
  7. OPP

    quit crying...and move on...justice is being served...

    February 3, 2009 at 4:22 am |
  8. tony

    o j according to us laws, he was found NOT GUILTY GET OVER IT.

    February 2, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  9. Gerry

    One question for the juice, WAS IT WORTH IT?

    February 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  10. LAM

    I work 40 hours a week, and I can't even afford cable. Why should my tax dollars go towards providing such luxuries for convicted criminals? Let them put some effort into their own rehabilitaion by spending that time in the prison library reading. And if they can't read, THEN use my tax dollars; to teach them to read and give them life-skills. When they committed such crimes, they lost their right to live in free society, and therefore the privileges that go with it. Let them earn the right (through self-improvement) to re-enter society. An extended stay, loafing around at 'Camp Cupcake" will not cure the recidivisim rate.

    February 2, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  11. LAM

    OJ is a sociopath, plain and simple. If you are found innocent of murder (guilty or not), you DO NOT then go out and write a book entitled "IF I DID IT", unless you are a sociopath thumbing your nose at the system who let you get away with it. And you certainly do not tempt fate a second time by committing an armed robbery in retailation for a (real or imagined) theft of some worthless keepsakes. No, if you are sane, you decide your freedom is worth more than a few trinkets, and you call the police to deal with the theft like a normal, law-abiding citizen. I do have a problem though, with the fact that in "jail", he has more comforts (provided at tax-payer expense) than a lot of hard-working, decent Americans have. How does that constitue "punishment"?

    February 2, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  12. aj

    Leave him alone he only wanted what was his, what he worked for in his career.

    February 2, 2009 at 9:32 pm |
  13. RC

    What a wast of money. The state of Nevada sure knows how to waste it. Unless their getting a kick back from California because California couldn't get him.
    The stata of Nevada is footing the bill for O.J's room and board for the next 9 years for a crime that no one wanted to press charges on. Except the prosecuters of course probably for political reasons.
    Sorry but I just think its just a stupid waste of money. It sounds like he's in a country club and will probably be playing golf with the warden before long. And no golf fees.
    Our past Attorney General and Vice President broke more laws and hurt more people than O.J. would ever think about hurting. Even if charges were made nothing will happen.

    February 2, 2009 at 9:13 pm |
  14. Jianna

    I do not support OJ in any way and i do believe that he should have been found guilty for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend. That being said, he is going to live a miserable life for the next 9 years. Prison is not a place where anyone will ever ever want to go. For someone that has lived a previous lavish life, living in a prison cell, even if cable is offered, is going to be a huge change. Things like an extra cup or an extra blanket are things that make a huge change in your daily life. OJ will go thru many hard times in the next several years. Lets hope that he can use some of that time to reflect on the things that he has done.

    February 2, 2009 at 9:07 pm |
  15. angie sue

    Oh me oh my. If a person gets away with double homicide what is the one thing that can never do again......STEP A TOE OUT OF LINE. But no the Juice he couldn't even manage that. You can't take the THUG out of him!

    Getting in trouble again was S-T-U-P-I-D. Sheez even getting away with murder isn't enough for that narcistic rage aholic. May he enjoy every long tedious lonely second he is in jail. I hope he never sees his kids get married, graduate college, the birth of his grandchildren. May God have mercy on his soul because I have none!

    February 2, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
  16. maggie

    I'll bet $25,000 check a month will by lotsof perks from the guards. This will be the next big story about OJ. Mark by word!!!!

    February 2, 2009 at 8:25 pm |
  17. jessica

    Everyone, get over it! OJ was found not guilty of Murder, because there was no evidence to convict him. Everyone is mad because a black man was found not guilty of killilng a white woman. What about Casey Anthony, everyone is trying to be empathetic and give her the benefit of the doubt about killing her baby that she took 31 days to report missing. We all know Nicole Simpson was a gold digger that cheated and used OJ for his money. She did not deserve to die, but OJ was found not guilty so that means that someone else killed her. Also it was proved that there was no way possible for OJ to kill Nicole and Ron at the same time, Ron's family was just angry that OJ's money was no longer coming to them since Nicole and Ron was not there to give it to them. OJ was dumb for trusting those fools to help him retrieve his things, but what about Ron Goldman, he is a crook, he tried to keep those things, He is not prosecuted. He is just mad that he cant touch any of OJ's money. Hopefully Barrack Obama can change America, Justice was not served these people convicted him of a crime that he was found not guilty for. All of you OJ haters get a life, and think about how would you feel?

    February 2, 2009 at 7:38 pm |
  18. Colette

    Joe is right on target. For the people who believe O.J. is innocent of double murder–look at all the evidence on him, (not counting what was supposed to have been planted). He even had a cut on his hand, for God's sake; and tried to publish a book describing the murders.
    He was guilty, and his money got him off, just like Robert Blake and other wealthy people out there who were guilty and acquitted. He ran out of money and didn't have the "dream team" to represent him this time. Has absolutely nothing to do with race; it has to do with money.

    February 2, 2009 at 7:18 pm |
  19. Mike

    At least now he has time to find the real killer of Nicole Brown Simpson.

    February 2, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  20. debra goedhart

    my oh my ....12 jurors for the murder case didnt understand the blood evidence....thank god he messed up in nevada....they have some brains and oh well ....where is christy brody?....his current alcholic girlfriend? would love to hear where she is and has she visited the criminal?....oj is history..............

    February 2, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  21. samantha

    I feel that karma has come full circle. For those of you that continue to wish bad on hate on this man, you are wishing the best part of your life. O. J. does not deserve that much in me for that.

    God took care of O. J as if you can see. Regardless if he is in jail looking at the Superbowl or ordering french wine, he is somewhere he can't be.. that is free.

    The best thing that we can do is stop talking and writing about him and let him sit in that small cell. He would have nothing to do but to think about finding the killer ( oops, he is already there) to find.

    He is history and after a couple of years, he is going to be just another inmate waiting to get out. Getting older. he is 61 and his knees hurt and if anything, he is going to have a relationship in there. You don't have to miss any sleep.. O. j is suffering more than you think. that is why I don't have to be glad nor mad. Karma has taken it course and remember when you think evil about someone, you end up getting it.

    February 2, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  22. Justice

    Irony: Lovelock?????

    February 2, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  23. ghost girl

    If the glove don't fit you must aquit.....who knew that his manager at the time has admitted that OJ has inflammatory arthritis & without his medication, his hands swell...that is why the glove didn't fit. He was told by his manager & others NOT to take his meds that day. He is a cold blooded murderer & got away with it...he is where he belongs & I hope he stays there the rest of his life. James Pez....do more research on your topics before blowing it out your pie hole.

    February 2, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  24. Harvey L

    OJ will probably be the most popular inmate there. And with his NFL retirement, his canteen fund will be more than the wardens annual salary. If one must do time, that's not a bad way to do it.

    February 2, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  25. Dave

    When he dies, he'll experience mentally everything he did on earth–like we all will. Then he'll reincarnate and experience the consequence of his misdeeds again in the flesh. It's the law.

    February 2, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
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