Alex Murdaugh is serving time at a South Carolina prison after the jury found him guilty of the Murdaugh family murders, attracting two life sentences. The attorney, who resumed his sentence this month, remains in the most secure area of the Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina, occupying a single cell.
Alex Murdaugh Under Surveillance While Serving Prison Sentence
Speaking to TMZ, the SC Department of Corrections explained that keeping Alex under such conditions, away from the other inmates would ensure his safety. The department feared his infamy could put him at risk of attack by other inmates. To further ensure his safety, the facility keeps him under constant surveillance and prevents him from dining with other inmates.
They have his food brought to his cell at meal times and assign at least one corrections officer each time he leaves his cell. Even so, these exposure times are “extremely limited.” Alex Murdaugh would reportedly serve only 45 days of his prison sentence at Kirkland, after which he would undergo an evaluation. Thereafter, the star would transfer to a new prison, with a specific custody level.
While there, the facility would allow him to have his meals in the cafeteria with the other inmates. The arrangement could change if they detect a specific threat against him. While serving his life sentence, Alex reportedly has the option of buying a TV for his cell, as well as paying for phone calls to loved ones.
Recall that Alex Murdaugh received two life sentences earlier this month, for fatally shooting his wife, Maggie, and their 22-year-old son Paul. After denying the charges for years, the jury eventually found the family patriarch guilty of the Murdaugh family murders. The guilty verdict followed the discovery of convincing cell phone evidence obtained earlier in the trial. Given the notoriety of the case and Alex’s perceived gruesomeness, many, including inmates, may feel the need to come for his throat.