Paul Manafort

Manafort won't go to Rikers Island after DOJ intervention: NYT

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse for a hearing on June 15, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort won't be transferred to New York City's Rikers Island prison as expected, following intervention from Department of Justice officials, the New York Times first reported Monday.

Details: Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen wrote to Manhattan prosecutors last week to say he was monitoring where Manafort would be held in New York while he faces state charges, according to the NYT. Federal prison officials told the Manhattan district attorney’s office Monday that Manafort would not be going to Rikers, per the Times.

AOC says Manafort should not be held in solitary confinement

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said in a series of tweets Wednesday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort should not be placed in solitary confinement while being held on New York City's Rikers Island to face state fraud charges.

The state of play: The New York City Department of Corrections has said that Manafort may be in isolation for his own safety, but not necessarily in solitary confinement, per NBC News' Tom Winter. Isolation is used to protect prisoners from social quarrels but allows social time, while solitary confinement often entails much harsher treatment such as constant lighting and a lack of time out of one's cell.