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:
Men in Crises
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)
Raising a Son
Resumes and Interviews
Anger Work Book
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.
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