Sam Bankman-Fried was held in the infirmary, where he reportedly had access to running water, a toilet, a TV and vegan food.
Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, who was sent to the infamous Fox Hill prison in Nassau, Bahamas, pending an investigation into his stock market crash, had a different experience than many other prisoners.
According to Bloomberg, Bankman-Fried was being held in the infirmary, where he had access to a toilet, running water, a television, local newspapers, crossword puzzles and many other benefits, including vegan food. Anonymous prison officials revealed that the former CEO spent his days watching the news and reading articles about himself.
SBF’s prison experience seems very different from what many other prisoners endure in their overcrowded, poorly ventilated, rat-infested prison cells, where they are forced to sleep on the floor with makeshift cards. Unlike the other prisoners at Fox Hill, the former CEO slept on a cot in the infirmary, which was only occupied by four other men.
A human rights report released by the US State Department in 2021 found that conditions at Fox Hill were “difficult” as prisoners suffered from overcrowding, poor nutrition and poor sanitation and inadequate medical care. The report also alleged instances of physical abuse by correctional officers.
The report found that “the men’s high security cells measured approximately two by three meters and could hold up to six people without mattresses or toilets”. It also set out the following conditions:
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“The detainees removed the human waste with buckets. Prisoners complained about the lack of beds and bedding. Some inmates have developed pressure sores from lying on the bare floor. Sanitation was a general problem and the cells were infested with rats, maggots and insects.
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On December 22, Cointelegraph reported that SBF was preparing for extradition to the United States. A statement from Bahamian Attorney General Ryan Pinder confirmed that Bankman-Fried was to leave the Bahamas for the United States on the night of December 22.