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Kwame Kilpatrick: Former mayor sent to medium-security prison in Oklahoma

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Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will not get his wish to spend his prison term near his family. The Detroit Free Press reported on Jan. 22, 2014, that he has been sent to a medium-security prison in Oklahoma, which doesn't honor his request to serve his 28-year sentence for corruption in Texas near his wife, Carlita Kilpatrick, and his three sons.

Kwame Kilpatrick is incarcerated in the El Reno federal prison which is about 30 miles west of Oklahoma City. He has transferred from his temporary housing center in Oklahoma.

Bobby Ferguson, Kilpatrick's friend and co-defendant in the corruption case, is currently on trial for federal bid-rigging charges. Ferguson was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

“There are a number of factors that are considered in determining the appropriate place of incarceration including: type of offense, length of sentence, any prior incarceration, any history of escape or violence, any need for medical or other specialized treatment, population management considerations and recommendations from the sentencing court,” Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross said Wednesday. “It is not uncommon for an inmate to be transferred from one facility to another over the course of their confinement for any number of reasons including program participation or to be closer to their release residence.”

Kwame Kilpatrick is 43-years-old and is scheduled to be released on Aug. 1, 2037. His conviction was for 24 charges that included racketeering conspiracy back in March after he was accused of turning Detroit's City Hall into a criminal enterprise.

The 28-year sentence ties the longest public corruption sentence in United States history.

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