From the beach to behind bars: Bulger's new home
PLYMOUTH, Mass. -- In less than a week, James "Whitey" Bulger has gone from living steps to the beach in California to behind bars 23 hours a day in Plymouth.
The jail where Bulger is now being kept has a history of holding some high profiles criminals.
Bulger is now housed in Unit G in the maximum security section of the Plymouth County House of Corrections. Unit G is reserved for inmates at high risk of being harmed, celebrity inmates and dangerous inmates. Bulger fits all those categories.
His cell consists of a bed, sink and toilet.
The alleged former mob boss was arrested last week at his apartment near the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, Calif.
Many people, including current Congressman and former District Attorney William Keating, said they were glad Bulger is now behind bars.
“I can’t help but think, more important than anything else, was the fact that so many families at least had a sense that justice was coming,” Keating said. “I guess that’s the DA in myself talking.”
Keating -- who once tried to oust Whitey’s brother, Billy as Senate President -- was confronted by the infamous mobster in 1994. Keating said he was given a talk that he won’t repeat and won’t forget.
“It was just brief, he sort of gave me an idea of what he thought about me, and that was it,” Keating said.
According to Keating, Bulger was very intimidating in the confrontation.
The 81-year-old Bulger will now have a lot of time to think; in the G Unit, inmates stay in their small cells 23 hours a day. They are only allowed out one hour a day to shower and exercise.
If he wanted to trim his well-groomed white beard, Bulger will be given 20 minutes every couple of days to shave.
He's not allowed to interact with any other inmates, which might be good for Bulger -- a man who's connected to at least 19 murders.
(Copyright (c) 2011 Sunbeam Television Corp. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)