Apparently Orthodox Jews weren't the only ones getting preferential treatment while inside the city's prison walls. It appears that the Department of Corrections might have a systematic breakdown going on according to reports in today's Post about the way that various prison officials pampered rap star Foxy Brown while she was doing time at Riker's Island until her release last April.
The luxuries that prison guards allegedly provided to Brown, who was serving nine months for a parole violation after she punched and kicked two nail-salon manicurists, included:
- Unlimited phone and TV time
- Allowing Brown to hang a sheet across her bars as a "privacy curtain"
- Bringing her meals and make-up
- Setting up an XXL photo shoot for a piece to promote her new album and reality show
- Hanging out with her in her cell
- Carrying her bags at her release
One jail official told the paper even specified Carolyn Thomas, the correction chief of department, for what a fond farewell she gave Brown at her release. He said, "She was waving to her. I've never seen that before in my entire life."
Brown would also get extra long breaks, while her fellow inmates would have to wait for her since only one at a time would be allowed out. One source said, "Everyone else in that area sat in their cell longer than they should have because that chick had carte blanche."
Once again, merciful chaplains are near the center of the controversy, this time Reverend Kevin Green and Imam Aisha Muhammad, both said to have arranged for some of Brown's spoils. One source said, "They were in her cell day and night. Whatever she wanted, Sister Aisha would talk to warden [Michelle] Mack and get it." When asked about Brown, Muhammad said, "I won't be able to answer any questions like that. I'm so sorry. Have a blessed day." The article also points the finger at special treatment coming from Umar Abdul-Jalil, Rabbi Leib Glanz's boss, being looked at in the investigation prompted by the infamous jailhouse Bar Mtizvah.
When asked about the XXL shoot, a Corrections spokesman told the Post, "We're required to allow inmates access to the media. This is exactly how we do each and every one of these. She may have been promotionally motivated, but it's absolutely wrong to suggest we were partners in this."