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Dharun Ravi Will Not Get Special Treatment In Jail

Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi, expected to  begin  his 30-day jail sentence, will not get special treatment in jail.

Middlesex County Adult Correction Center.
Middlesex County Adult Correction Center (NJ County Jail Wardens Association)

Ravi, 20, is scheduled to turn himself in Thursday at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center.

Warden Edmund Cicchi tells MyCentralJersey.com, “We’re treating him just like anybody else” once he begins serving his sentence.

“He’s going to come into the facility, and he’s going to go through testing by our psychologist, by our medical people,” Cicchi added. “After they have their results, our classification committee gets together and they decide where he’s going to be housed.”

Ravi could have remained free while prosecutors appeal his sentence. But during a hearing Wednesday, he agreed to waive his protection from double jeopardy. He is now not allowed to argue that he’s already served his time if prosecutors prevail on their appeal and he receives a longer sentence.

Ravi requested permission Tuesday to start serving his sentence as he apologized for the first time for his actions, which he described in a statement as “thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish.” In court Wednesday, Ravi answered questions from his lawyer and Berman but did not say any more about his
apology.

Ravi’s lawyer Joseph Benedict said he’s still appealing the conviction altogether.

It’s not clear whether Ravi will serve the full 30 days. In most cases, New Jersey county jail inmates with 30-day sentences automatically have them reduced by 10 days for good behavior.
Ravi’s lawyer said he would also begin working on his 300 hours of community service and start paying the more than $11,000 in fines and assessments that are part of his punishment.

Some gay rights activists have portrayed Clementi’s story as a prime example of the consequences of bullying young gays. Ravi’s defenders see him as a scapegoat for a death that they don’t believe he was responsible for — and was not charged with.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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