(MyFoxBoston.com) – The American Civil Liberties Union is raising concerns about how former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is being treated in jail. It says his solitary confinement is like torture.
Hernandez has been kept in solitary confinement at the Bristol County House of Corrections since his arrest. He is locked in his 7 by 10 foot jail cell for 20 hours a day. There, he's given meals that, according to the Bristol County sheriff, include Salisbury steak for lunch and franks and beans for dinner.
One of his biggest freedoms? Getting to choose between milk or juice at breakfast – this for a man who once was given a $40 million contract and lived in a mansion in North Attleborough.
In a blog post, the ACLU said it was disturbed over the kind of psychological effects that occur in a prisoner when they are extremely isolated, and says some countries define it as torture.
The Bristol County sheriff told the Boston Herald over the weekend that Hernandez is a model inmate.
It's all of little concern to former fans, who spent the weekend trading in their Hernandez jerseys. About 1,200 people participated in a Patriot's-sponsored buyback. Any "81" jersey purchased in the Patriots ProShop was eligible for a swap with another player's jersey.
The Patriots were quick to release the tight end after his arrest.
The 23-year-old Hernandez is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to a murder charge in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, of Dorchester.